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MLAN613 Posts: 23,102
10/11/19 6:20 A

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Glad to hear your fitness plan is helping you!!!! Going down pain free and getting up 5 is no small feat! Keeping working. You got this!!!!!!!

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10/10/19 4:44 P

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Update: Well, I joined the gym, and have been going since August 13. The trainer that they have you meet with made several good suggestions, as well as steering me away from certain machines. My biggest issue with pain from my knees was actually going down stairs rather than up. Well, I have been following the exercise plan we mapped out and I found out this week how it is working. We had a fire drill in the building where I work. I am on the 7th floor. I went all the way down the stairs with little to no pain. I was still slow, but mostly because the stairs were very narrow/short (my toes hung over the edge with my heel all the way back). When the drill was over and we were allowed back in, I decided to take the stairs to see if my stamina had improved with all the gym work. I got all the way to the 5th floor before I stopped. Before, I would have had to stop after two or three floors. I really stopped on the 5th more for the co-worker walking with me and so we could text our office manager to come let us out of the stairwell (for some reason, building management has the doors locked to the odd-numbered floors and the even-numbered floors are unlocked). Also, my recovery time was super quick. I am so happy with these results.



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8/4/19 4:49 P

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I am recovering from knee replacement surgery as I have osteoarthritis in both knees. The best machine for me has been a recumbent bike, easy on the joints and helps me in keeping range of motion.

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8/1/19 3:59 A

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Even with low-impact, I encourage you to beware of hyperextensiion if your knees are bad. When in pain, pull back a little on the incline.

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7/24/19 9:31 A

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Thank you Luann, that is EXACTLY what I was looking for.



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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 30,529
7/24/19 9:14 A

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Google give you all sorts of articles, including this one...
www.shape.com/shop/home-gym/best-reviews-l
ow-impact-exercise-equipment-sc2814749
79875667.html


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7/24/19 8:48 A

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I guess I gave too much information in one area and not enough in the other. Both doctors told me to do low-impact exercise, so I don't need to go pay another nearly $100 co-pay to both of them for them to tell me again the same thing they both already told me. I am not asking for medical advice. I just needed to know which machines at the gym are considered low impact because I have never been to a gym before and have no idea what machines they usually have.



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MLAN613 Posts: 23,102
7/24/19 6:09 A

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If you have bad knees, the fitness staff at the gym shouldn't be offering specific advice either. What worked well for some, may not for you and may even cause more problems. Your best bet would be to speak with your doctor and even set up an appointment with a physical therapist to help develop a safe plan for you.

I suggest this as someone who has bad arthritis in my knees. So bad, in fact, I am having surgery to clean it up a bit and may even get a knee replacement down the road.

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7/23/19 8:47 A

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o.k. Thanks. I will just ask the trainers there at the gym which machines are the lowest impact.



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7/22/19 3:50 P

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Because of your complex medical history, I can't offer specific exercise suggestions. But hopefully the link I provided below will be a good start.

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7/22/19 2:45 P

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The grooves that the kneecaps run in are worn, and they click when I walk - sounds like someone snapping their fingers or cracking their knuckles. I went for PT several years ago, and all they did was have me sit on a table with a rolled up towel under my knee and keep raising my foot, and suggested a cho-pat strap, neither really helped much. It's pretty much the worn grooves and arthritis. I just want to choose the machines with the lowest impact, and that will help build up the muscles that support the knee and kneecaps (which is what the doctor told me I needed to do back then). I should also mention that I ruptured two disks in my neck last May, and the spinal surgeon said I should stick with low-impact activities as well. By both doctors, I need to exercise, but it must be low-impact.

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7/22/19 12:35 P

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What kind of knee issues do you have? Have you been to the doctor recently to have them checked out? Are you wearing good shoes for exercise that fit properly?

Here's an article you might also find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=363


Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 30,529
7/22/19 11:00 A

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That would depend on what exactly is wrong with your knees. Knees are tricky joints, and doing the wrong thing can actually make them worse.

DH and I have different medical issues with our knees.
My exercise is spinning, his is swimming. Our knees feel best when we do those!

What did you doctor clear you to do with YOUR specific problem?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in T
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7/22/19 10:41 A

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I have been trying to walk as much as I can during work (laps around the building) and doing 6-7 miles at the park on Saturdays, but it has gotten so horribly hot here, and I have realized that the weather will interfere with my walking a lot (rain, heat, cold). I want to keep up a regular routine without having to figure out how to work around the weather for the week. So...they are opening a Planet Fitness a mile from my house and I am planning to join. I had not considered a gym before because cost is a consideration, but I can afford $10 a month. Of course, at $10 a month, there really isn't the access needed to certified trainers. They have trainers, but on a limited schedule. What I really need advice on is which machines would be the easiest on bad knees, and maybe help strengthen the support muscles for the knees. The walking has been really hard on them, so I would like to use something other than or in addition to the treadmill so that all my steps/time is not just treadmill. I know the elliptical is supposed to be lower impact, but what others would be good?



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