I am 52 years old and have gained a lot of weight due to medications. My problem is that now I can't walk over 2 minutes at a time. Does anyone know any sitting exercises that would help me and also if these very short walks help at all for my health sake. Thanks and God bless!
Debra from Hampton, Tenn
By Laurie 02/02/2009
Tightening your stomach muscles for 5 secs is equal to doing 1 sit-up.
By Dannielle (Guest Post)02/01/2009
A lady that I talk to on www.Sparkpeople.com lost 100 pounds doing www.chairdancing.com she said that it was easy on her knees and lower back, but active enough to help her drop 100 pounds.
By Louise B. 01/28/2009
There are exercises such as Tai Chi that can be done while sitting. You can get books or take a class. Doing arm exercises with free weights are also very helpful. Again, there may be a class in your community, or you could find a book at a large bookstore where they have sections on physical fitness and exercise.
I think that any sort of walking will be helpful. Good luck to you.
By rad (Guest Post)01/28/2009
I bought an Exerciser 2000 Elite from Clark Enterpises, (on line) advertised in the Readers Digest. It is a passive exerciser, you lay onthe floor and it moves your whole body in a sepntine motion. It isn't cheap, but it feels so good while being massaged and the blood circulates.You can try it free with postage paid both directions. There are similar machines for less by other manufacturers, i believe. I bought mine used from Clark. I really love it. I am 67 and have foot problems.
By LEONA LABINE 01/28/2009
Sorry, I meant to add this to my last post. Any walk either 2 minutes or 20 minutes is good for you. I couldn't even walk a block but after using the stationery bike and have moved on to the treadmill, I can now go 30 minutes on the treadmill. When I started on the treadmill I did 2 minutes and could hardly breath. I don't know how many times I wanted to quit. Even if you use the bike or the treadmill 2 or 3 times a week it will get easier. I promise you.
By LEONA LABINE 01/28/2009
I have the same problem (asthma medication). The most important thing is your heart and lungs. My doctor suggested a stationery bike, it is exercise but also keeps your heart and lungs moving.
By Sheryl 01/27/2009
I would recommend to start. . . go to Walmart and get one of those small bike pedals. Not the exercise bike, but you can buy just the exercise pedal for under $20. I use this all the time while watching TV, knitting, on the computer, whatever, wherever.
By Georgina (Guest Post)01/27/2009
Find the program called "Sit and be Fit" from Seattle. Worth doing for any energy level. It is a PBS program
By k w (Guest Post)01/25/2009
Yes, any time you are moving your body it helps so keep moving you will get better, good luck.
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I have arthritis of the spine and knees, which makes it too painful to walk or stand for over 1 minute at a time. I worry about no exercise harming my heart. Is there any exercise that can be done while sitting down that would strengthen the heart and lungs? God bless you for your help.
Debra from Hampton, TN
Sit on a sturdy chair on a non-slip surface. Grip the sides or front, scoot to the front. Now you can do dips by sliding off the front and slowly lowering yourself a little, then press yourself back up with your arms. You can do several types of leg lifts, either lifting your entire leg or both legs together, or straighten your lower leg, and many varieties of the two together.
Try standing push ups. Stand a foot or so from a wall. Place your hands on the wall a comfortable distance apart. Lean toward the wall, the press yourself away again. Easy to rebuild strength without having to get up and down. Do seated torso twists and leans, either with or without holding a towel or other cloth. (04/07/2008)
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