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PATHFINDER52 Posts: 754
1/5/14 7:48 P

Caution -- old lady lurking!

Okay boys, I feel your pain! I spent my 50s battling arthritis then, at 59 l had both knees replaced (surgeries 6 months apart). This corrected bowing legs, bringing my legs in 17° and changing my gait sufficiently to produce bilateral hip bursitis. Now, with roughly 50 pounds to shed, here is what I find works. . .

1. Treading water in the pool (look it up in the activity tracker, it really burns calories!) 30 min
2. Stretching & light weights, just enough to know I worked out (10minutes does that for me!)
3. Treadmill walking just enough to be barely aerobic (2-3 mph) 20 min duration.

I'm doing this twice a week now and walking as much as I can tolerate at work.
1. Climb stairs at work without getting winded
2. Steadily increase weights and reps in my resistance routine
3. Be in a position to need a new & smaller bathing suit by summer!

Wishing you all the best! Good health is worth the struggle!


RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (501,795)
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11/27/13 4:00 P

I am sixty years old and have osteoarthritis in both knees, and bone degeneration in my left knee, so cortisone shots are all that are keeping me moving now. I have found that walking the pool and exercising in the water helps, but getting there is difficult. I know that I have to make it a priority. I have to lose 100 lbs, before I can get the knees replaced, so it is slow go, but I have found that Sparkpeople helps my accountability by tracking my food and exercise. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone has.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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11/22/13 4:08 P

Hey guys. I feel ya. I don't think I've got the extent of injuries you do, but right now I have plantar fasciitis in both feet and a tweaked back. So the two things I enjoy, running and barbells are extremely limited.

Here is the thing though, to lose weight you just need to eat less. Start developing a crazy good tracking habit. The weight falls off fast if you stick the diet. The exercise comes later and hopefully when you drop a few pounds, the exercise will be possible.

SCOTTCEA SparkPoints: (11,180)
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11/21/13 10:36 A

Hey Hound.
I am in a similar position. My left hip went out 4 years ago and I have a new part, but it never healed well, so I can't walk without pain. I've been between 330 and 290 for the last 15 years, and just recently got surgery- I'm down 55 pounds, but I need to lose more. The only way that will happen is if I start to exercise more. But I can't walk or run. So I ride a bike when the weather is good, and I love to swim. I have a health club with a pool, but I only can get there once or twice a week.

I have a Wii Fit Plus downstairs in the basement. I find that to be fun and movtivational, and I can do more upper body when my hip acts up. I like how Wii tracks my progress and gives me set "games" to play, then it lists the calories burned and how much time I exercised (played).

I don't know if this was motivational or inspirational, but I didn't want your post to go unanswered. Have a blessed day!

MOUNDHOUND SparkPoints: (14,394)
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11/20/13 4:39 P

Early 40’s but feels like 80
Approx 12 yrs ago I was 280lbs and not happy with my size, look or anything about me really. The only thing I was happy with was my wife and kids but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to do things with them do to my size. I started running and within a short period of time I was down to 155lbs and loving every minute of it. I stayed at that weight for a few years until I injured my knee in an accident and after that I continued to gradually gain weight. I have had a couple other accidents since, broken ankle from a fall, broken wrist with pins and cracked chest from a machine accident add to that I’m back up to 290lbs.
I'm finding it difficult to get motivated to exercise because of the new ache and pains that I never had before. I know exercise to burn calories and fat and eat right to fuel the workouts but when it hurts to do those exercises it unmotivated a person real fast. So I’m here and I hope to get feed back, inspiration and I hope a few great tips.

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