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2/26/11 3:28 P

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I tried it too Joan. I also have a balance problem. I figure to add it to my routines.

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2/26/11 1:38 P

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just tried Anne Burnell's new video clip on Balance and Posture. It's fun...as well as very good for you...Did it three times through because balance is one of the things that I have problems with.....

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2/26/11 11:55 A

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Thanks Darlene for the encouraging words on knee replacement. I just talked to a women in one of my aerobics class, she is 89 and had both her knees replaced at the same time too. If you would see this women you would never know her to be 89. She still puts me to shame. I have trouble carrying my weight to the weight room some days, knees hurt so bad, She always offers to carry them for me. She is amazing.
I hope anyone who is experiencing mobility issues, doesn't let that stop them from getting as fit as they can. There is so much one can do.
If a pool is available, that is the way to easy those painful joints.
So I am off now for 90 minutes of water aerobics.
It's go go go, win win win. There's no stopping me .
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Thank you Anne. This is just what I needed to see. I have been using your dvd's for a while now. And, I am finding that I am getting stronger and have more stamina. WOO HOO! I just ordered the chair core strenth that uses the resistance bands and am eager to give that a try. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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2/26/11 11:18 A

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Hi All,

Thanks for the kind words about Stronger Seniors. Just posted a video blog with a clip from our upcoming DVD, 'Balance & Posture'. Some gentle exercises for knees, hips and lower back.

Go at your own pace.

If you have sore joints, it is important that you determine the cause of the pain. If it is Rheumatoid Arthritis, you want to exercise the joint when you are not having a flare-up.

In other cases, such as bursitis, it is essential that you strengthen the muscles AROUND that joint. You should also do strength training for connecting joints. For instance, if your elbow give you trouble, exercise the frontal deltoid (shoulder) muscle. That will take strain off the elbow when lifting something.

If you have sore knees, strengthen the ankle joints and muscles. This is our first major joint that grounds us. If you can strengthen the ankles, you will be working towards taking stress off the hips and knees.

For your hips, loosen up and strengthen that lower back. Chair exercises are great for this.
View some o these exercises here -

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If you feel any pain while exercising, stop that exercise and try working on another part of the body.

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2/25/11 2:06 P

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Susan, I just found a new Senior chair dvd by Anne Burnell. I think you mentioned her dvd's on one of the threads here. And wanted something for strength. The one I found is chair core strength, and says it uses resistance bands.

Just thought I would share the info...

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TUBLADY AND DARLENE are showing us there IS a way if we are DETERMINED.
And Thank you to all the other SPARKERS who have shared their motivational stories.
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2/23/11 8:38 A

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I have Anne Burnell's Chair Exercises and Yoga and really love them. "But" I have not been doing them so this discussion has opened my eyes again as to what I already have.

Way to Go Darlene!!

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Darlene, you really inspire me....you are awesome....I am thinking about having my knees replaced once I lose some more weight,but am very nervous about it all. My cousin had it done and had a lot of problems...you had both done at the same time? wow. now I am even more inspired by you... emoticon

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2/22/11 8:24 A

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Thank you everyone for the encouragement. I still have a long way to go but I am working on it. This team has been my inspiration. So A Big THANK YOU!!! emoticon . TubLady don't be afraid to have your knees replaced, I had both of mine done at the same time. It scared me to death. I was amazed, sure I had some pain but what I had before the surgery was much worse. Good Luck

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2/22/11 12:23 A

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Last year when I started I could hardly walk from room to room. Both knees BAD. I laid in bed and used stretch bands to help lift up my legs, hold and repeat. Gradually I had strength to lift them by myself. I sat in my chair and walked in place. Then I walked with my walker. I had a walker with a seat, so I would walk, then sit , this was out side. Sometimes people would come by while I was sitting and ask if I need help. Smile.! On bad weather days, I walked around my apartment. From the hall through the kitchen, into the living room, down the hall and back to the entrance hall,,. I would switch directions so as not to get dizzy. Smile. I sometimes could only make a few circles, then sit, But I kept increasing my go around. I finally made it to a treadmill, had handles to hold on to. it was only minutes at first. As time went by I got stronger, also lighter, so my knees were feeling a little better.
But even now if I am having a bad knee day, and sometimes they can be really painful., I sit through some of the more strenuous exercises. Of course in the water I am a fish. can do almost any exercise.
I am having the right knee replaced in the summer, and the left one at the first of the year.
At least that is the plan.
I never knew there were so many exercises for people with limited mobility until I joined Spark.


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Oh my, I was just going to sit and post when I read Darlene's message. I have to agree with Marsha here. Darlene, what you shared is very inspiring. In fact, it actually brought tears to my eyes. I envision your neighbors now cheering you on. AND, that is something very special. Thank you so much for sharing this.

It is too easy for me to cave in cause my knee or back is a little tender and to use that as an excuse to have a lazy slug day fest. AND, here I read about Darlene out WORKING it and working it hard! AND, succeeding. Very very motivational for me to have read this!

Have a joy filled day, Karen

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DARLENECASEY YOU ARE AWESOME AND INSPIRING.
Here i am feeling sorry for myself, SITTING and perfectly capable of MOVING, and
YOU ARE OUT THERE working, working working...
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I had both knees replaced April of last year. Because of my weight I am limited to how far I can walk on my own, It looks kind of weird but I get my walker with wheels and walk up and down my street. People are starting to wave and cheer me on. Another thing I have to do for my knees is exercising in my chair with a giant rubber band thing. I have to do this for muscle building but I think it is helping in other ways.

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Chair exercises, definitely. I have several dvds plus I use Anne Burnell's Chair Exercise video clips on her blogs. When the doctor told me that I had to lose weight or else, at first all I did was arm circles, leg circles and touching my toes. I tried walking in place standing but could not hold up to more than 3 minutes and that was stretching it. Discovering that I could do a whole variety of exercises seated was a life saver for me. It really opened up a new way of thinking about exercise as well as a new attitude. There are some things that I can do standing but it is very limited, so I rely heavily on my chair exercises to give me the workout that I need.

There is no way that I can do squats or lunges, but I can do wall crunches or counter crunches.

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One thing that helps me, in addition to the chair exercises, is walking for short times. I started out walking during TV commercials every evening. I brought a kitchen chair in to where the TV is because it was so hard to get off the softer couch and chairs. I had a regular pattern established - I'd walk around my apartment the entire first commercial, do seated alternating biceps curls with 5 pound weights during the second commercial, walk during the third, do seated hammer curls with the weights during the next and then start the "commercial break" pattern over.
I use a variety of chair exercise DVDs along with some shorter videos on the computer.
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There are only two things that really work for me. The first is Chair exercises. For me, an avowed TV addict, the only problem is self-discipline to put the DVD in and do it. When I do,it gives me a great workout and I break into a sweat. The other is deep water exercises, which is what the orthopedic doctor recommended. The water takes the pressure off the joints and you can work much easier and longer. If you have access to a pool, that's the answer, in my opinion.



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This weeks discussion topic was brought to us by MOONDANCER7 and she wins a team goodie for sparkmailing me with her question.

She said she would like to know how people with sore knees, hips, joint problems, and arthritis handle getting exercise done. She is looking for ideas. I know many of us have similar issues. SO, how do you handle exercise with these problems?


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