Excercise sitting down? lol Really I need advice, please feel free to try.

By lipsie Latest Reply 2010-01-31 15:15:50 -0600
Started 2009-03-05 08:57:33 -0600

Okay, about a month and half ago I think I was sleep walking again and fell, well I know I fell but I think this injury came from this : I have a right knee pain thing going on, I have seen the orthopedic, tried a shot OUCH, and on a walker even, it was said when I go back in like 3 weeks I may have a referal for a MRI for a Miniscis (spelling?) tear… I am VERY heavy set and have problems walking already, but come when weather was changing cuz we've had the snow…I said and meant it we would start with short walks…progress…after joining here I am really paying more attention to my Diabeties and have a desire to learn and do better for once. What can I do if I am laid up? Sorry to bother ya all but you seem so friendly and helpful. Thanks Sheila

Tags: weight loss

23 replies

spiritwalker 2010-01-31 15:15:50 -0600 Report

I would suggest to anyone having trouble exercising, standing, or walking. Contact your local PBS station,
ask if they offer a program called Sit And Be Fit. Our
local PBS station also sells these tapes.

lipsie 2009-03-19 03:01:08 -0500 Report

Thank you VERY much for being so kind to me with you words. You are all right! I am not using the walker now though still having some leg/knee issues. I am doing some walking and a lotta cleaning around the house. I recently went to my doctors and in about months time I lost 13pds! YaY! And half of this time I was laid up! I am on that Topomax, the doctor said it would help with weigh loss, I didn't think so but maybe. But yeah, Ty and I walked last night, I am hurting pretty good now so may take a day off but not giving up, gonna continue. I think all I will need is another shot in the knee when the time comes in a couple weeks…not no surgery for that thank goodness. Oh, plus we are eatting a LITTLE healthier. I mean we have not done the full transition, we have a lot of groceries from before we'll be using, but wheat bread now, skim milk, etc. So, thank you all very much! Sheila

Bjay 2009-03-18 20:30:41 -0500 Report

I agree with the water workouts…I've did those when I had some injuries. I used to be 280 and got down to 205 trying all sorts of stuff - water aerobics, yoga, south beach diet, slim fast, etc. etc., I tried everything. And sometimes things would work sometimes they didn't, but I kept trying. Also at that time in addition to being injured I was very depressed. And I worked myself up to the bigger exercises. I started doing very little - and I mean that - stretching in bed, power walking to the bathroom, dancing while doing dishes. Even if it was just for a minute - it helped! And then the next day I felt like doing a little bit more.

I got stuck at 205 and then did a juice feast and lost 30 more. Now I am at 175 which seems to be a new set point for my body…but I'm still plugging away. I've just recently added CrossFit exercises in, and I hope that will work for me.

I never thought I would get here…but every teeny tiny step you take in the right direction counts and it all adds up. I remember laying in bed and just raising my arms over my head and to the sides and lifting my legs a little. Sometimes i just tensed and released a few times.

The #1 thing needed is desire and the intelligence to know that you need to work on it - and you have that! Good luck to you! You can do it!

caspersmama 2009-03-15 14:40:02 -0500 Report

I cannot walk for long because of back problems and neuropathy in feet so I got a recumbent bike. You sit comfortably, with your back straight and pedal away. I do 2 miles a day. 1 in AM, 1 in Pm. It was 100 dollars at Wal Mart. But K Mart has it too and they have layaway. I am also overweight and it works for me. Have lost 25 pounds since November.

lipsie 2009-03-15 15:09:06 -0500 Report

I have the same exact problems, the overweight, neuropathy, and back issues…maybe I will just look into that! Thanks. Sheila

BeckyJ 2009-03-16 10:35:58 -0500 Report

These work really great for your hips too. I had a stress fracture in my left hip and was unable to walk or ride my regular bike so I got one of these. Really helped with the pain. Not so much on the weight since I was no high doses of steroids but once I was off of them the weight seem to come off quickly. I am back down to 155.

maxcats 2009-03-11 13:19:27 -0500 Report

I need to exercise sitting down. I have neuropathy and osteoarthritis in my knees. I may need to have them replaced (oh no). Anyway, sometimes walking is too painful for me and just sitting is painful. But I need exercise since I am overweight too. I would like more information on this subject. Thanks for writing.

lipsie 2009-03-06 00:52:40 -0600 Report

Wow, some great ideas here, thank you all VERY much. Just wanted to let ya all know I attempted and succeced…I went to the store w/out my walker. I was just getting into the cab, then using them riding carts, cab home…but it felt so good and free without that walker :) I think I may be doing somewhate better. But I will definately check out some of these ideas. Thanks so much. Sheila

SkipT 2009-03-05 17:02:38 -0600 Report

No need to buy weights. You can use a can of soup. It weighs approximately one lb. Also if you want you can buy resistance bands very cheaply at any of the big box stores. You can increase resistance by shortening the band.
Good luck, and remember any movement is better than no movement at all.

silver.lily 2009-03-05 12:47:07 -0600 Report

They actually do have exercises while you are sitting down! this is expensive but gives you an idea of what I am talking about http://www.armchairfitness.com/
I know PBS used to air an armchairfitness program every morning arround 6am. so maybe they are available on the internet or at the local library.
- I thought it was laughable at first but talked with several women who had tried it and used it while sitting at work and couldn't get up and walk arround. They really praised the benefits, so it may be a good way to get yourself started with exercise and then go from there. Using weights like was perviouly mentioned while doing the armchair exercises could be of great benefit.
- Don't feel silly starting small, you need to start somewhere and best not to overwhelm yourself by going to quickly. Just don't put off getting started.

BeckyJ 2009-03-05 11:26:43 -0600 Report

I was in the same situation last year with my hip popping out of place. Physical Therapist suggested upper body workout to get muscle mass increased and that would bring down my weight. Started out with some canned veg from the pantry…hey I'm on general assistance here and only make $110 a month! Doing slow curls until I built up my strength. Then I moved on to the free weights…only cost me about $5.Then when my hip was feeling better used panythose as a resistance and did leg lifts. Ended up loosing 60 lbs and 8 inches around my waist YEAH! Now I'm trying Yoga…slowly and walk the dog. Seems like this little bit shouldn't help but when I bagan to build muscle I began to burn fat faster. Slowly building up strength is gentler on the joints and doesn't seem to have caused as many problems as when I had tried agressively exercising in the past. Been able to keep the weight off too.

kdroberts 2009-03-05 09:57:49 -0600 Report

If you can get to a pool, water aerobics and swimming are great for people with your kind of issues.

rbergman 2009-03-05 09:57:32 -0600 Report

I read about these gliding discs in Diabetic Living magazine and looked it up on the internet and sure enough they have a site for them. There are a host of exercises for legs you can do with these discs and the website explains it in more detail but there are some you can do while sitting yet gives your legs a workout. Here is the URL for their site:



Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-03-05 09:10:31 -0600 Report

If you can't walk, I'd recommend working on the upper body. Buy some weights (you may want to start small if you haven't done a lot of work on your arms before — 5 lbs. can sounds insignificant but it will work with lots of reps) and do various arm crunches. There are so many muscles in your arms and shoulders that you can work sitting down. Building muscle builds your metabolism — you may not work up a sweat, but you'll be building that up and it helps.

I've never had major weight issues, but for years I wanted to lose about 10 pounds — I tried running and all types of cardio. I didn't have success till I started working my core muscles (if you can do half crunches with the weights in your hands at your collar bones, thats good too) and arms. Building muscle helps. Good luck!

lipsie 2009-03-05 09:51:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for that advice. How much do weights run? We're on a limited budjet but for something like this it would be worth it as long as its not TOO much. Thanks again :) Sheila

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-03-05 11:36:15 -0600 Report

If you have a Walmart near by, you can find 5 lb hand weights for around $7-8 each (at least, that's what I remember them being). They aren't very expensive.

DoseyDoe65 2009-03-10 10:55:27 -0500 Report

To you and Amy, I'm in both of your shoes,kinda.I can't stand for long or stay straighened up for long.I hurt my back at work in 1983 and Its been downhill every since.I have nerve damage, still hurt from Shingles, I'm one big wod of pain. My knees, legs, feet,ankel,back and i weigh 360lbs. I have been on sooo many diets its pitiful. I lose and it comes back with more. I can't afford to eat really right. We don't eat out either. Dr. had me testing BG for about a month,now he knows I am not diabetic but now he wants me to test once a day. Whatever!! But I thank Jehovah for that much. I have been diagnosed with Lupus too. I'm ok but after reading about you and Amy I just wanted to tell you to hang in there and let me know how your weightloss is going. The only good thing about me is I'm 5'11" and I have a lot of room. I've always been taller than people my age an hated it all thru school but it comes in handy now. I feel sorry for heavy short people.Well I tried to write AMY and the computer did something and I can't get it back.It was a lot, I hope this stays,bye DoseyDoe65

lipsie 2009-03-11 03:20:39 -0500 Report

Thank you so much, yeah…I even did the staple surgery but it was a while back, they have a better set up now, anyhow I am 5'7 1/2 and about 398 I think it was so I am huge. Sheila

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