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4/24/21 7:14 P

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I am not a runner so but still have knee Osteo has changed the wyay exercise. I do hamstring curls instead of jumping jacks, marching instead of running. Build up sllowly,



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4/24/21 6:07 P

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I don't like squats either. I think a rather evil person invented that exercise and likes to hurt people.

Seriously though, I only do exercises that I enjoy doing. There is no one exercise program that is best for everyone. Explore all of them.

The best exercises are the ones you like to do.

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4/24/21 10:12 A

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I also have bad knees and sometimes and find it hard to do my knee exercises. If you google there are alternative exercises to lunges and squats. Jessica Smith and Chris Fretag have routines for bad knees.

I have started a gtoup fit with knee challenges on Facebook if you are interested.



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4/23/21 8:29 P

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You can
Continue to be mad and not do anything about it, which entails never making any progress.
or
Find something that you can do. So when squats pops up on your to do list have a ten minute desk video substitution ready to go. When you see lunges, that might translate to seated knee lifts. What you can do really depends on you. If you are really in such poor state, see if you can get a home health aide in to get you set up on a workout plan. My over 90 grandfather with heart and kidney issues did a certain number of minutes pedaling (from the comfort of an easy chair) with his feet, a number of minutes with the pedals on the table for his arms and did laps of the hallway in his walker. If you are more mobile besides your knees a physical therapist would be a great resource for building up a workout plan that's easy on the knees. Sparkpeople has some great desk, seated and starter workouts and so does the AARP website. Instead of focusing on what you can't do, cherry pick what you can and search out easy knee exercises for whatever area is left.

Beyond that, you don't get fit by not trying. If you wait it out long enough you're not suddenly going to wake up one day and be able to do a hundred burpees. If what one workout is asking of you seems to much, break up that workout. Do it over a week, do one set a day, do two reps each day, do as many as you can, whatever you do, just track it. Seems silly but it is amazing to look back and see where you started after you have had some time to build up. When I started running I could run somewhere between .1 and .25 miles at a go. There is a lamppost at the .15 mile mark that was my first need to walk mark the last time I started trying to run again. Ten years on I pass by that lamppost twice on my regular 5 mile straight runs and my longest straight run without stopping is over seven miles. I still do intervals intentionally, but they are usually longer than how far I started being able to run. I started out doing what I could and the nearly 6000 miles since have given me a lot of practice. Yes, I ran over 800 miles last year, which might seem like a lot. But the year I started I logged 56 miles, or just over one a week. And it took me four years to reach the first thousand of those 6000 miles. You make a choice to do the things that you value and enjoy. Could be water aerobics, squash, tai chi, orienteering, kayking, whatever it is that you enjoy and do that. Consider some supplemental exercise to add extra strength for that activity or simply to make your life easier. Don't pick something that you hate or can't do, find something that is acceptable and makes going up a flight of stairs easier and faster and gets rid of the wait to catch your breath at the top.

Your inner rebel also sounds like she's standing at a wall, upset that there isn't a door in that exact spot and unwilling to turn to the left to walk out the open door. You can rage all you want that there isn't a door in that place, but without the right tools, supplies, time and skill set there will not be a door there. You can continue rage against the wall, acquire what you need to change to make the wall into a door, or you can pivot to where the open door is. It all depends on how much time you want to keep staring at the same wall or what kind of resources you are willing to devote to other options.

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4/23/21 6:18 A

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I agree that getting angry is just silly. So you can't do lunges. What can you do? What do you enjoy doing for fitness? Walking? Running (yes, running. I have arthritis in my knees and I run), swimming?

Since you do have knee issues, I would encourage you to try physical therapy (PT). Your doctor should be able to refer you.

As I mentioned earlier, I have arthritis in my knees. In January 2020, I had athroscopic surgery to clean things up and reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, it triggered muscular issues. I started PT with someone who came recommended but she made things worse.

I am now in PT with someone who has been helping. A lot. I lost a lot of fitness but I have been able to do my running with intervals with a lot less pain.

I am trying to give you some hope. You can exercise if you want. It's just a matter of figuring out how.

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4/22/21 10:53 P

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Just start slow. There are chair exercises that anyone can do. Spark people has a bunch of videos for exercise for every fitness level. Walking is one of the easiest to do. emoticon emoticon



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4/21/21 4:23 P

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So instead of squares and lunges, do what you can do! Anything can be modified to your fitness level.

Why get angry? Are you upset you cannot do what others can? If so, stop comparing your fitness level to others.
I am under doctor's orders to avoid squats and lunges. I am not angry about that, but go about doing other things.

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