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7/11/2013 8:59:38 AM
I think these are great ideas, I do most of them almost every day. I am almost 57, and at one time I would have said "no, I can't do these; they might make my knees hurt!" BUT, that was over 30 pounds and miles of walking ago. Building up the muscles around the joints strengthens them, and you have less pain. I can do several sets of squats and lunges now, almost every day, with no real "pain". If you build the repetitions slowly, and make sure to have PROPER FORM, most people can do it. Oh, and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 16.
I have bad arthritis and I am able to exercise a lot...I am very active. Sure, some of these might be hard on the joints but modifications are possible. For those who can't walk in the winter...why? I do, nearly every day. In the winter when it is so hot and humid...I walk anyway. In the summer I swim too. I have an exercise bike I use (on my doctor's recommendation, he said it is good for my knees, just don't go crazy with it). I do modified jumping jacks, knee lifts, etc. My doc mentioned 12 years ago that I was within a couple of years of knee surgery but so far I have been able to avoid it even with a lot of exercise.
I just wanted to mention that My knees were bothering me and always would creek whenever I bent them or walk down steps, I mean sounding like snap, crackle, pop. I take a maintenance dose of 2000 a day Vitamin D and daily Calcium and Ride my bicycle all over, really challenge myself on long rides and hills. I just now bent both my knees back and fourth..and they are perfect. I do believe exercise actually helps build back some synovial fluid that serves as lubrication in our joints. .
I also have "bone-on-bone" knees and have been told by the orthopedic surgeon who will be replacing them next year - "No running, jumping, squats, lunges, or leg lifts (with weights)." I even tried Zumba, because I love to dance.... and the pain was too much. Can you come up with quick cardio exercises that DON'T use the lower body?
10/26/2011 4:48:28 PM
Joint problems? Revise the exercise so you are using the same muscles, but not wearing the joint. For example, instead of stair climbing, simply squat and hold this position until you feel the burn. Beginners may want to squat/hover over a chair until muscles are stronger. You can revise most exercises in this manner.
My physical therapist has told me to limit the amount of stair climbing I do because of arthritis in my knees and ankles. Likewise, stooping and squatting. Most of these exercises seem like they'd be very hard on the knees and ankles. In the summer, I speed-walk half a mile to the park, eat my lunch there, and then speed-walk back, but once it starts getting to cold and grubby outside, that one goes away. Any suggestions for those of us that are in the shape we're in because we can't do these exercises without doing ourselves a damage?
I have to chime in with many others here: Joint problems? forget these.
10/20/2011 5:47:08 AM
Why not do half jacks. That is stand as though going to do a jumping jack but reach over your head with one arm and push the foot on the same side out and tap it. I'm 56 with srthritus in my knee and an over active bladder and I can do the excercises, albeit with some adaptions sometimes. Plus doing many of the excercises help me strengthen my pelvic floor muscles which help me out anyway, Ellsjo
That's funny .... at age 58 my doctor to me, when I asked Marathon?, to go for it.
8/7/2011 4:07:14 PM
not for my knees! My physical therapist told me that at my age, which is 58, I should never jog, or run. Jumping jacks?? not with bad knees. There are other exercises though that can be done, just not anything that affects the knees. (or back)
I have started a new routine at work where I walk down 2 flights of stairs and then walk back up...it only takes me like 2.5 minutes but my legs burn at the top...is this helping me lose weight? Do I need to increase the time? Thoughts?
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