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Needing Exercise Support

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The one thing I have found is not so much my eating habits as a problem. It is starting to exercise that is the single biggest obstacle. Trying to find out how much is safe enough for me to do, and to add to the fact that I have more energy one day then the next due to health issues.

One day I might feel like I can run a marathon and another I collapse on my bed from not being able to breath. It is quite a challenge to find the right amount.

For those who have health issues with limited mobility, what have you found that works for you? And what do you do on the days were you simply are unable to exercise?
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    I know some have told you but Spark People has a lot of chair exercises and chair yogo that you might try. Also DON"T think you have to do a lot. 10 minute sessions are great and work. So then you can spread sessions throughout the day.

    I have COPD and arthritis in back, hips and knees. A lot of my physical therapy is in a chair or on a mat (bed if it is hard to get up from the floor).

    On the days you feel great-do your 30 minutes. On other days try to do 10 minute sessions. Remember to have a day of rest. emoticon
    51 days ago
    I hear and sympathize. Exercise was the biggest obstacle for me when I fractured my spine. Joining the Y has been a godsend. It was hard for me to go at first. After a few weeks, I couldn't do without it. I went from unable to stand and walk to doing both without assistant devices. The Y offers financial assistant membership too. Ask for an application. I attend arthritis pool classes at the YMCA. They have arthritis chair classes too. I started with riding stationary bike for 10 minutes 3x a week. I added treadmill 10 minutes after a month. A few months later, I started walking in the pool. I used to attend dance class, but gave it up due to knee issues. There are a lot of disabled wheelchair and walker members. Members with breathing and heart problems and cancer. A few walk in the pool wearing oxygen. A motorized chair lifts members in pool. I would call your Y and inquire about pool classes. There is handicapped parking with van access at the Y. Access can transport you if you don't drive. I recall you mentioning that you live in LA. Access is available in all states. I live in Ca and use Access here and other states. If you don't have access, email me and I will give you information about how to apply. It is MTA for handicapped people. Van picks up wheelchair people and drops them off in front of building. I would also inquire if your town offers dial a ride for handicapped residences. My town has this too. I use both. Service is good and cost minimal.
    52 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2020 3:04:32 AM
    chair exercises are good also my friend robert rivest has some free laughter yoga tai chi and breathing and meditation exercises all free just google him. I walk daily Hugs
    52 days ago
    Wishing you luck finding what will work for you.

    52 days ago
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    @BIKE4HEALTH, ideally that is what I would like to do. I need to get a gym membership with a pool. We have a YMCA but it is on a real steep slope and my power chair cannot pull a hill without rolling back and not sure if there is a bus that goes by there.
    52 days ago
    Spark has exercise videos for those with limited mobility. Do what you can, when you can. Exercising even a bit on down days will build your energy level.
    53 days ago
    53 days ago
    I do arm movements while sitting on my bed in the morning. Punching straight out, gradually higher up & back down. Leg raises & bridges on the bed. Using resistance bands to walk sideways, forward & back. Lifting cans of soup. Yoga or tai chi.🐨
    53 days ago
    Oh...and something else...you should really run whatever exercise plan you're thinking of by your doctor. He/she may have some special guidelines for you to follow to keep you safe! emoticon
    53 days ago
    Start with just 10 minutes of exercise (any form of movement). Do arm circles. Do stands on your tip-toes, then slowly lower your heels back down to the floor and repeat several times. Use the kitchen counter to stabilize yourself. Do a good round of Kegel exercises. Do any of the yoga poses that you enjoy. Do some hula hoop or jump rope or mini squats (protect those knees!). Walk back and forth in your home for 10 minutes. Do a combination of activities if you like. Just make sure you get no less than 10 full minutes of movement and put some effort into it. Do this every day until you find that you're being consistent for at least 1 week. Then add a 2nd, 10-minute block to your routine so that you're now doing 20 minutes of exercise daily. You can do all your exercise at one time or break it up into 2 sessions...it doesn't matter when it boils down to the benefit you're getting. When you are able to do 20 minutes daily, consistently for a full week, add one more 10-minute block to your daily routine. Do the 30 minutes of exercise for 2 full weeks, then consider either another 10 minute block, or change up your exercises to make things more challenging and interesting. Commit yourself to doing this for the rest of your life. Your body will thank you for it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
    I found water aerobics work great at giving me cardio and not being hard on the body. Its much easier to do a lot of those things if you dong worry about falling over or loosing balance.
    53 days ago
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