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Exercise Does Not Have to be Painful

Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi


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  • I am waiting for hip replacements so am no stranger to PAIN. For the last 18 months pain has been constant to the point where walking has become quite difficult. So to get around that, I found exercises that don't involve the hips much but still provides my needed workout.

    I exercise 6 days a week for at least 60 minutes per day. Monday, Wednesday, Friday its in the pool for a minimum of 1000m (I can't swim fast - bad hips remember?) Tues, Thurs, Sat are gym days (my basement gym that is). I found I can use my Aerodyne bike (not my recumbent - way too painful) and maintain a 7-9 speed for 30+ minutes. Then it is on to my Bowflex for 9 upper body exercises and one set of leg extensions. All this, is to do as much as I can with limiting the pain.

    So there is a way. You just need to find something that works for you.
  • 97MONTY
  • Exercise isn't painful all the time. I guess that's what it has going for itself.
  • I've had to adjust a lot of things due to pain. One thing with arthritis, the pain moves around to different joints. Or maybe it's the MS doing that.
  • Wish that it was so because I have arthritis in my ankle and that hurts all the time.
  • I like yoga and Pilates!
  • I love pilates also
    What a great article! I'm 69 and have a bad knee heading for replacement eventually of both. (I had to go back to work in my later years and ended up with a job that did havoc on my knees. At the same time I did a lot of cardio and exercise trying to lose excess weight). Conclusion: I did not succeed until I retired and learned to eat less and do only moderate exercise and cardio to keep my body healthy and strong in order to perform daily duties and more. I do the 28 day home w/o and 30 day jump start your workout challenges over and over with my personal modifications. I keep my calorie intake around 1400 calories, cut the sugar and I'm maintaining a comfortable weight for over a year now.
  • Even though these are not cardio or weight endurance exercises, they still need to be done at least once or twice a week. This does help with flexibility, stretching out sore muscles and provides with a sense of peace of mind.

    God bless,

  • I'm finding that breaking up my routine and adding new features is helping. Keeps the pain in check (or not at all) and keeps exercising fresh. When I have the bunion surgery (UGH) may be off my feet for 6 weeks so already checking out chair cardio and yoga.
  • Interesting article!
  • M52415
    Being more flexible would probably help me to get better results from cardio
  • Not a lot of activity on this article - another golden oldie. I would love to find a safe exercise for myself that raises my heart rate at all let alone to cardio levels. Lots of good alternatives have been provided to the "normal" type of cardio exercise but I already adapted to those 10 years ago and need more adapting to stay even.
  • Lol, Pilates is hard when your spine is compromised! I would do yoga, but I chafe at the idea of yoga as a "workout." Barre is where it's at for me, since as I get older my balance can be a bit wonky. I do a mixed bag of core stability exercises but I can't arch my back as I used to ... or at least I shouldn't. I also got medical help for my pain, corticosteroid shots and not radiofrequency ablation.

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