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BNKING23 SparkPoints: (142)
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11/12/13 8:46 P

Thank you everyone for the absolutely wonderful ideas and all of the support!

My back starts hurting after 5-10 minutes of standing up so will definitely have to start with 10 minute intervals on walking. Am also going to check out the Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise and the limited mobility center for some other ideas, as I get bored easily and having more than one thing to do will be super helpful.

I found a semi-recumbent bike on today that looks like it would support my back pretty well and it has a weight capacity of 300lbs. It's $130 so I'll have to save up a bit for it but it would be something to keep variety going.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,461
11/12/13 8:10 P

Try the Spark article series "Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise?" at

Spark's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Centre may also give you some ideas for forms of exercise you CAN do.


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11/12/13 6:19 P


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,382)
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11/12/13 3:20 P


I agree with others. Before you start doing any exercise, you really should talk to your doctor first. When is the last time you had a full physical ? The road to good health should always start with a trip to the doctor get your blood work done. Find out what your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc... all are. These are important numbers you need to know.

Also, if you have physical limitations, your doctor could refer to you to physical therapist.

Now, if your doctor gives the all clear to exercise, you could take a daily walk. Can you walk without any discomfort ? If you can walk, take a daily 30 minute walk. If 30 minutes seems like too much, then start with 10 minutes. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Taking three 10 minute walks spaces out through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. If even 10 minutes seems like too much, then you start with 5 minutes. Your strength and endurance will increase with time and practice.

And because of your medical issues, I really do encourage you to talk to your doctor first before you start exercising or changing your diet.

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11/12/13 2:24 P

I have some of the same issues, but it's my left leg that has those sensations (degenerative disc disease, arthritis in knees, ankles and spine, bulging disc, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, etc) . A few years ago I couldn't make it to the end of my driveway without being out of breath. I started off by walking up and down my hallway during TV commercials. Sometimes I couldn't walk the entire time, but I kept trying. I started adding activity, like vacuuming everyday, planting a vegetable garden and I kept walking. Eventually I was walking to the end of my street once or twice a day. Today I can walk a mile or two. Definitely talk to your doctor about exercising, start slow and build on it. You don't have to be able to run a marathon... you just need to move. You can do this!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
11/12/13 1:43 P

I second getting a medical clearance

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
11/12/13 1:26 P

I agree- clearance from doctor always a good idea, as is seeing a physical therapist if possible to get you going.

You can do chair-based workouts (I think spark has some videos for those) and focus more on upper body exercises- eg arm bicycle. You can do basic body-weight exercises with your arms (circles, etc), use free weights or bands. I think there are also some yoga videos online that offer some options for you.

And diet is a HUGE factor- if you work on cutting your intake you should see a fairly rapid loss since your caloric needs to maintain your weight will be high right now vs. later on when you've lost more weight!

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11/12/13 7:55 A

I have seen many people here make this comment: 80% diet and 20% exercise.

So maybe starting off small will help? Try to use to nutrition tracker and not exercise until you consult a physician. Hopefully she/he can recommend you to a physical therapist or a rehab unit that might be able to help you figure out some exercises you can start working on.

I wish you the best of luck and..

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DREAMZ2 Posts: 24
11/12/13 7:51 A

Hi There!!!
Congrats on your firsts steps to being healthy, and welcoming change. I would start off by just walking. Or if your legs are to swollen I would recommend an exercise bike. I agree about seeing your Dr, and creating a health plan. Also keeping a food journal is a great way to start eating healthy. Good Luck in all you do.

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11/12/13 7:30 A

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You should get medical clearance to exercise by your doctor.

BNKING23 SparkPoints: (142)
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11/12/13 7:28 A

I'm 5' 4", weigh 250 lbs (so have about 115 lbs to lose), and have a BMI of 42. I have a circulation problem in my legs that keeps me pretty swollen most of the time from right above the knee all the way down. I also have a degenerating lumbar disc that causes my back to hurt almost all the time, my right leg to go tingly if I try to lay on my stomach or back, and has caused sore spots all along my outer right thigh. It feels like someone's stabbing me with a nail when those spots get bumped even a little.

Does anybody have exercise ideas for my situation? I'm nowhere near a pool or lake so that's not an option even though I wish it was.

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