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Exercise help- cannot walk, need to lose weight

Nov 03, 2015 2:10 AM

Hi, I was just recently confined to a wheelchair due to problems with my feet. Does anyone know of any exercises that I could maybe do? I am not able to walk or put any type of pressure on my feet. I have gained alot of weight due to my meds and inactivity. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Nov 03, 2015 2:35 AM

My Heart aches for you, I have the same problem but not in wheel chair, I do use a cane. I have venous insufficiency so I if I'm on my feet more than 1-2 hours they swell and hurry so bad. This summer I found out I have bilateral arthritis in knees After I tore my meniscus. It's been so hard to get up and walk, climb stairs, and by the time I'm done cooking dinner...I'm a total B#@ch!!
I have tried these products my daughter introduced me to by Isotonix. The 7 day cleanse detoxed my liver and I had to cut out meat for the week (Thank God for Pinterest).
By the 4th day, I was feeling excited and this has changed my relationship with Food to mostly all veggies. Now I'm on OPC3 which reduces inflammation in the body, regulated blood sugars, cholesterol, removes toxins and helps with energy & reduces arthritis pain. I've only been on the product for almost 2 weeks and I can say that my #8 had gone down to a #5-6, I don't sleep all day and my sugar levels are normalizing.
They have a weight loss system called TLS also along with many products for different reasons since everyone's needs are different.
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Nov 03, 2015 5:28 AM

Krissie I feel for you too. My feet kill me mostly in the morning and evening. If I go out I use the wheelchair as crutches are not enough for me to take pressure off them. Inside I manage to sit down a lot between getting up. I can do bed exercise of lifting legs, twisting ankles, riding bike in mid air. Saying that I haven't managed to do that myself either :( my weight is going up also and my Dr put me on Orlistat fat busting drug which is helping.

Nov 03, 2015 9:39 AM

Krissie, I certainly feel for you as well. I am in the same situation but not in a wheelchair (although I find it difficult to walk many days). I lose my balance because of a sudden shooting pain or simply just tip over for no reason. I have gained a tremendous amount of weight since I've been disabled and we all know it doesn't help our bodies or our minds. I always make sure that while in my recliner, every commercial break I rotate my ankles, flex and bend my toes and also move my arms and shift around. Unfortunately, I live upstairs and the bathroom is downstairs so I have to come down several times a day because I drink 3 liters of water a day to help keep from getting constipated from medication. I hope that some of these are helpful to you. Know that you are among friends here. There are no judgements and no matter your mood or needs, there's always someone here to help when you need it. This group, which I refer to as my pain warrior family is a Godsend. I care about each of them. I have built very special bonds and friendships here and am more than thankful. You're never alone because you will always have us. The really wonderful thing is you're speaking to people who "get it" because for one reason or another we have been diagnosed with these horrible diseases that cause us nerver ending pain. I am sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers and welcome you to our zany, wonderful and always loving family of pain warriors.🌻🙏🏻

Nov 03, 2015 11:03 AM

The more muscles you have the more calories they burn. Strength training is how I lost a lot of weight. You have to start really low in weight and it will hurt at first, a lot, but you have to keep going because it will get better. There are a lot of strength training excercises you can do from a sitting position. You just have to do your research on strength training excercises to find which ones you will be able to do, just remember to start low (5 lbs or less).

Nov 03, 2015 11:26 AM

I agree with the strength training. I have used yoga bands mostly for upper body stretches for a year now. I can say it has helped me to tone, and bc muscle burns more calories than fat, i have lost over 30 lbs over the course of a year. Yoga CAN be done by anyone, any age, any ability. It starts with your MIND and goes outward to ISOMETRIC exercises. For me, just the act of pulling a yoga band across my chest to just south of pain and beginning a really pleasant stretch which i would try to HOLD for one, two, then three, then 4 ... up to 5 minutes. This exercise which could be done with a rolled up towel. No fancy equipment. One can stand, sit, or lie down *my preferred position* & do this simple stretch and i am sure many others. I am finding simple with little or no equipment best for me at this time. I hope this helps someone. It helped me. Would love to connect with y'all. Signing off, MamaDye12423

Nov 03, 2015 6:39 PM

Krissie, I understand because my weight is steadily climbing while my strength and muscle tone steadily declines. I'm now using a cane to walk, for balance and to prevent fails, as well as a alert and electric carts in large stores. Like Vonnie, I was also diagnosed with veinous reflux and now wear compression stockings.

According to Mayo clinic's physical evaluation last month my body is totally deconditioned, and they recommended PT and OT. I'm doing PT now, with home stretches and leg lifts. The stretches and lifts can be done from a chair or bed. I also wear leg weights that have 5 removable weights (1 lb each). I'm only using 1-2 lbs right now; with on ankle. Keeping your knees bent (in a chair) raise your knees up 4-6" and lower back down, repeat 5, 10, 15, 20 times... Increase as it gets ready. These s straps can also be put on your waist and used the same way, starting at 1 lb and 5 lifts, building as you grow stronger. I bought a video off Amazon for chair yoga. I also do the leg lifts and stretches in the bed as others mentioned. I have 2 lb hand weights and stretch bands, but used canned foods and towels before. Strength = muscles = burning calories = weight loss. Good luck to us all! 🙏🌼

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