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Strength Training with a Disability

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  • SHERI1969
    It is good to see an article specifically for people with disabilities, especially because many of the medications needed to help people, myself included, actually CAUSE weight gain. To not only have the article but the links that will take us directly to the exercises, etc., is even more helpful and time saving. I know losing 50 pounds in 1 1/2 years does not sound like much to many, but for me it is exciting and empowering. Hope to see more of these kinds of articles considering disabilities are on the rise. - 10/18/2010 3:50:44 PM
  • This is a very important article. For me if fits right in wit the over 60 ones. It was discovered I had no cartilege in my right knew, Long story short I had surgery and a therpist had me doing exercices that weren't right and blew out the entire work the surgeon had done. Then I was diagnosed with Asthma that limits the length of time I can do any exercise. It really helps to know there are exercises t help. Thank you so very much! - 10/17/2010 2:18:44 PM
  • This is a really good article! I suffer from a genetic problem with my knees. I've been told that within a few more years I will most likely go through a total knee replacement so I have to stay away from high impact or certain weight lifting exercises.
    - 7/29/2010 9:41:52 AM
  • Thank You so much. I am awaiting knee replacment and needed to figure some stuff out and here it is. Again thank you - 5/10/2010 2:04:19 PM
  • I am a 41 year old female and about 7 months post-op with a lumbar fusion (multiple disc/vertebra).

    I am trying to learn to stop making excuses for my limitations and lose the weight I've gained since my car accident.

    I love all the support and articles, I need all the motivation I can get!

    Wellness and peace to all. - 5/4/2010 3:56:41 PM
  • Thanks for sharing exercises for those of us with limitations. I would like to see more of these from SparkPeople. - 3/12/2010 8:07:29 AM
  • I'm glad to see this article!!! I've learned a lot! - 2/22/2010 9:18:11 AM
  • I have two knee surgeries, and this was a great article: all the types of exercises one can do, and that you should listen to your body.

    I'll start looking for more articles on exercises to strenghten the muscles to support the knees, and variations of the ones in pilates, or other DVDs I have, that I don't feel good doing because my knee hurts feels funny when I'm doing them, and hurts afterward.

    Any tips will be more than welcome! - 2/20/2010 8:37:45 AM
  • Fantastic article. I learned a lot! - 2/10/2010 7:50:10 AM
  • puffinlady For about $45 you can get a station set of wheels you put on the floor. You can also put it on a table and do your upper arms. I bought one when I got out of rehab just like the one I used in rehab. it works great, tracks your time and reps, small so it doesn't take up much room - 1/4/2010 12:28:21 AM
  • Thanks so much. When SP asked for things we'd like, this was one of them I asked for. Appreciate that you put it together, and will be sharing them! - 12/13/2009 4:19:54 PM
  • Thank you for your inspiring story - 11/28/2009 4:19:51 AM
    Thank You so much for your life's story, this has really helped me out alot . See, I have limitations too on what I can and cannot do, chronic pain, bulging disks in the cervical area of the back and I also have lower lumbar issues and nagging to intense pain daily. I use to be very active until my third child was born. After that my body has went down hill. I now have five children and about 70 extra pounds that don't want to budge. Your story has given me hope. Thank you so very much. - 10/12/2009 5:58:49 PM
    I have started an exercise program for which I have to drive 80 miles 3X a week. Just the drive wears me out. I find that there needs to be a day of recovery between exercise sessions but I guess consistency is the answer. Better 3X a week than nothing. I have osteoarthritis in all my joints and back as well as a Morton's neuroma in my foot. Some days everything acts up and it takes all I've got to get into the warm therapy pool. - 7/28/2009 9:58:22 AM

  • I have permanent disabilities to my right shoulder and upper arm, and right knee and shin. Both have steel plates and screws, and my range of motion for both is around 90 degrees to 100 degrees. I cannot do high impact exercises, nor can I lift more than a few pounds with my right arm, due to permanently torn cartilage and forwardly misaligned shoulder, from a poorly done surgery that cannot be corrected. With all that said, I do get frustrated with my limitations, as I was pretty good with weights and flexibility exercises,and aerobics, prior to my injuries, 2 years ago. The information in this article is most helpful, and I will give some of the moves a try. At 57, I cannot afford much more loss of strength and flexibility. I lost too much strength and range of movements, during my long recovery, and that just is not me. - 7/14/2009 8:46:54 AM

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