Weight Loss/ exercise

By Turtle Latest Reply 2012-01-31 11:10:17 -0600
Started 2012-01-28 15:39:22 -0600

I seem to have weight loss on my mind most of the time. I am slowly loosing but if I am not real careful, I gain it all back very fast. I know the missing component is exercise. I do not get nearly enough of that! My total knee replacements are both in so much pain it almost hurts me to even think of exercise. We have a room here with a nice stationairy bike w/ different programs on it and a treadmill. The dr. suggested I try the bike so I do not have the weight on my knees when I am exercising like I would on the treadmill.

I am going to make a start at the exercise room again. I went up there a long time ago and ended up in so much pain I just could not go back.

I am going to start small and increase weekly if possible.

My start is Saturdays 15 min. on the bike. longer if possible but not to work myself into severe pain.

If you feel up to it please support me with kind words.

12 replies

hughsbayou 2012-01-31 10:20:12 -0600 Report

One of the reasons I have avoided surgery all my life. Had a severely broken leg 25 yrs ago, had surgery and regret it. I'm better now, but it was a long hard road back. Since you have that kind of trouble, try getting some 5 lb weights, or maybe just 2 lbs if you are really out of shape. Then stand and swing your arms forward and back for as long as you can stand it, then side to side. If you can start to stand on one leg at a time while you do this, that is a good exercise. Helps to stay flexed. I'm finally able to do about 30 reps on each leg without losing my balance. At first I could only do about 2 -3 reps, so just keep trying. One can watch TV and do this. It's best to do small increments at first rather than go for one big exercise session. Just do it a few minutes at a time throughout the day. Good luck.

sweetpea646 2012-01-31 11:08:17 -0600 Report

i try to advoid surgery much as possible, I went to therapy for my arthritis(in my knees). It helps and she gave me exercise to do at home. I do them, i take a little at a time. When I feel tired, I stop, and relax. I mostly walk daily, about 1/2 mileeach way.

Jeanae 2012-01-30 00:28:43 -0600 Report

You can do it. Just start slow and don't over tax yourself. I am looking at simple knee surgery in 2 weeks and my dr. said when it is done to start back really slow. He said it is better to start slow and slowly build up than to go all gung ho and undo all the progress from the surgery. Keeping you in my thoughts andprayers!

GabbyPA 2012-01-29 02:34:12 -0600 Report

So good to see you back!

How about doing some chair exercises? That way you are not messing up your knees. Here are some videos on how to do that. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=chair+exercise&by=relevancy

Turtle 2012-01-29 16:19:38 -0600 Report

Yes, I am taking it slowly so I can build up my strength and not hurt myself. If I end up bedridden from exercising, I know me, I will just give up.

spiritwalker 2012-01-28 19:32:52 -0600 Report

Turtle, How are you and sunny doing? I know exercise is hard. do a little each day and work up your time as you can stand it. When I lose my leg it took close to a year to get back up to my one hour a day/5 day a week program. Be patient with
yourself. Do you have a Pt? They can help you with a program of gentle exercise
and help you make progress. I will be thinking of you. Good luck with it.

Turtle 2012-01-28 20:01:18 -0600 Report

I did exercise today. I am going to write about it in the blog section shortly. I need to eat now as I am getting real shakey. Thank you for your support.

Caroltoo 2012-01-28 23:40:17 -0600 Report

Glad to see you got started, but are taking it slowly so you can build up your strength without hurting yourself. Good plan!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-28 18:06:01 -0600 Report

After the knee replacements, did you go to therapy. If so ask your therapist what you should do for exercise. I have two neighbors who has had that surgery and they are doing great. If you can afford it go to a gym and meet with a personal trainer who can also offer you tips and ideas to help you. Exercising your knees and weight loss will improve the pain. Good Luck to you.

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