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Old 02-07-2017, 11:39 AM   #1
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Exercising with Arthritis

After years of moving less than I should - due to arthritic knees and my natural laziness - I've discovered the recumbent bicycle. I can do it without any pain! Right before Christmas, I started doing 20 minutes a day and didn't experience much benefit, so I doubled then tripled my time to 60 minutes a day, minimum. (I can't increase the resistance/intensity without knee pain, so I just ride longer.)

The first month riding an hour a day, I lost 5 inches around my hips then finally lost 5 pounds. I'm so glad I discovered what works for me!

Another benefit is that I can read while I ride, so I'm doing more reading too. Right now I'm reading Dr. Atkins' Nutrition Breakthrough, an AWESOME book.

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Old 02-08-2017, 05:38 AM   #2
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I've broke my back twice. I have severe neck,back,leg pain due to a lot of issues including arthritis. I started exercising over 2 years ago daily. It has changed my life.
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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I'm very active, but developed arthritis in my hips anyway.
My doctor told me it's genetic. I'm 34. My sister is 32, and has similar issues.
Doctor told me not to change anything about my exercise regime... as there isn't much that I can change anyway.
She asked that I keep it up (despite the pain - which was a big concern for me), but aim to decrease my systemic inflammation.
So far, so good.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:01 AM   #4
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I bought an aeropilates for my back. Wow..what a difference it has made. Just lots of stretching on it ....but it's also a full body workout without any stress on my knees. I can't say enough good about it !!!
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:13 AM   #5
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I have arthritis in both of my shoulders and both knees. I do not allow it to stop me from exercising, I weight train and run at least two miles daily...it hurts, there are days it hurts so much I can hardly lift my arms, but I will not allow it to stop me from exercising. I also have tendinitis of the Achilles, which has been inflamed now for about three weeks, yet, just yesterday I ran four miles! Hopefully, with all of the exercise the inflammation will decrease over time. Keep moving everybody!
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:42 PM   #6
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I have arthritis. I also have a congenital lower back and hip deformity that really was not diagnosed until 50. So, the time I spent jogging and squatting when I was younger, apparently was not the best thing. Although at 35 I did have a rather non-patient friendly MD tell me not to jog, but he never told me why. When I was 49 I was rushed into an MRI because an x-ray showed bone cance. It was the deformities, congential.

I now swim when I can drag my duff to the college pool down the road. (Non-college students can swim from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM. When I can drag my duff out of bed at 4:30 it is usually crowded.)

Schwinn now makes a recumbent Airdyne. I have the upright, but, I think in a few year I am going to go with the recumbent version.
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:51 PM   #7
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I have had my knees replaced and over the last 25 years I have had four back surgeries, the last was just a year ago, I fell and fractured my spine in several places and had to be in a rehab center for over six weeks. The The rehab center did have me in some physical therapy but win my back I was limited to what I could do, mostly the bike. I liked that and it kept my legs from being so weak. I still ride my New Step bike , but that's all the exercise I do. Anything else bothers my back to bad.
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