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I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a real de-motivator, so instead, I focus on what I can do.

I do what I can and keep trying to add more reps or more weight or whatever. Sometimes I will try a new exercise just to see what I can do. With some of my regular balance exercises, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover increased range of motion, better balance and other positive changes!
- Submitted by JUNEAU2010 10/22/2010 in Exercise | 18 Comments
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MIMOTOGO 10/22/2010 12:38:00 PM

    I know how you feel. I get happy when I can do something consistently with out straining my back again. Been tough, tried the Boot camp got to day 3.... yeah I know I feel like a wimp but you can only do what your body will let you do. I am just about ready to add one more exercise to my every other day routine. That for me is a HUGE motivator. Then when I can do the whole routine with ease, I add one more. YEAH! Thanks for the reminder and keep on SPARKING! emoticon
LEANMEAN2 2/28/2014 4:43:00 AM

    Agree. I have a back problem but there are some exercises that I can do and it helps my problem also.
DELLMEL 2/24/2014 2:17:00 PM

    I agree. I do what I can do. Keep me going.
XENA1956 2/20/2014 8:01:00 PM

Great idea and good luck with all that you can do! emoticon emoticon
PROPMAN1 2/18/2014 3:34:00 PM

    Whatever you can do is a plus! I have some limitations (not of my own design) but i try to do something as often as possible. The fact that we can do something is a gift that we must appreciate. There are people out there who cannot do anything and would give their all to just be able to do a little.
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PYNETREE 2/17/2014 10:18:00 AM

    If you are doing exercise, or anything in life, doing it to the Best of Your Ability - is the key to success!

EBONYSOL 2/17/2014 8:44:00 AM

    I too have physical limitations and have had a lot of down time from injuries. I am going to start my exercise routine tomorrow doing, as you suggested, what I can do which is better than nothing
BANNERMAN 2/17/2014 1:55:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 2/16/2014 10:31:00 PM

    Great information, we all have some difficulties so me must do what exercises that suite our situations. Thanks for sharing
RAESUN54 2/16/2014 9:01:00 PM

    I understand how you feel, I have limitations too and have tried certain exercises, etc that I was hoping I could do, but due to my physical limitations, I can not. But, this does not stop me from trying new things. If I can't do them, I move on and try something else. Yes, motivation is difficult. But, I refuse to let myself be beat. I will make my goal, even if it is after the date I originally wanted. If at first you don't succeed, try try again!.

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LOVINGKATE 2/16/2014 2:34:00 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I too have to be careful on what I can do. Seated exercises work the best for right now. I can use the bands, weights and stretching.
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MYAKAYAH 2/16/2014 2:17:00 PM

    Focusing on what we can do is so much more of an uplifter than what we can't do~
CECELW 2/16/2014 1:58:00 PM

    A little common sense goes a long way
SAM60SUMTHINK 2/16/2014 10:47:00 AM

Like you, I have limitations. And like you, I do what I can; create my own self-challenges... and feel proud of my accomplishments. Generating our own workouts - and even definition of what a workout IS! - is absolutely the way to go!! :)
TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/16/2014 10:38:00 AM

    Great advice. I always have to remind myself that as I too have a disability. emoticon emoticon emoticon
LSIG14 2/16/2014 8:44:00 AM

    Those of us who are physically challenged really have to look to find workouts that we can do - but whatever you do, make it safe and fun!
VAINVT 2/16/2014 7:08:00 AM

    I am with you temporarily. Broke my fibula and ankle, so cannot do anything that requires standing, but will do some seated workouts with weights.
RODYANNE 10/22/2010 5:55:00 PM

    There are chair yoga exercises you can purchase for your use. They are very simple and work.

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