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melissa1764

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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..
De1959

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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.
De1959

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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.
anitabos

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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.
Justme 4

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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.
mmpearce

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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:http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1241.htm
anitabos

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Posted: 27 Oct 2014, 10:38
Melissa, I understand and am just like you. Shots help but you can only get so many in a 12 month period. I take Ibuprofen for the pain, sometimes daily and, use Aspercreme often. I also use an icepack on days when my knee is swollen. It does hurt and you really don't want to exercise but, surprisingly, exercise does help.

I have found that Pilates really, really help when I hurt - there are some pretty intense ones but, if possible, try your library to see their selection before buying one. Also, check out Peggy Cappy - she has a DVD for people with Arthritis and shows about 2 modifications. Also, I find that Leslie Sansone walking tapes are good for people with knee pain and show gentle or little more challenging session but basically, her workouts are 4 steps and she motivates you. Also, look on the internet, etc. for help on strengthening your hamstrings and calf muscles.

All that to say, don't give up and give in. Most days, if we push ourselves we can do something even just for 10 minutes. Remember, the weight did not come on overnight and would not come off overnight. Hang in there.
Glaun

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Posted: 27 Oct 2014, 10:57
This worked for me. Made a one time appointment with a Physical Therapist, (turned into several sessions) for the sole purpose of developing exercises I could do with my bad joints. Very helpful. The advice he gave me I have been using for several years now.

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jadenmiller

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Posted: 03 Nov 2014, 03:28
Melissa you can try few living room workouts, which are easy and helpful.
http://alwaysactiveathletics.com/5-living-room-exercises-at-home-weight-loss/



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