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Posted: 23 Oct 2013, 15:11
here is the problem I weigh 220 lbs I have very bad knees and they hurt me so bad I wake up at night in pain. I need to workout but it seems to be making my legs hurt even worse and its getting colder here in Michigan and that does not help them at all...Any ideas and I know swimming is better for joints but because you use your legs alot that even hurts me...I really want to do this right this time and be healthy i need help..

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Posted: 23 Oct 2013, 16:01
Maybe a stationary bike ride? Nice and slow, with the seat raised so you don't have to bend your knees too much.

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Posted: 23 Oct 2013, 16:05
PS: I had knee surgery a couple years ago, and I started out on the stationary bike, thats why I suggested it...nice and slow is the way to get started.

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Posted: 23 Oct 2013, 18:17
Melissa. I totally understand as I am 280lbs with bad knees and need knee replacement surgery - go figure! I get shots every so often when the pain us too much. Exercise helps. Try Pilates, stretching hamstrings, etc. or use a recumbent bike. We just need to move and find something that allows us to move.
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Posted: 23 Oct 2013, 18:51
Can you try an elliptical machine? They are supposed to be easier on your knees than a bike. It's also a great workout if you start out easy and slowly increase your stamina.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2013, 09:10
How about swimming with one of those floaty things clenched between your legs so you don't kick and just use upper body? Like this:

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