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Hi, I just joined the YMCA where there's a pool. I'm super morbidly obese, have 2 knee replacements, chronic back pain and feet so bad I can only walk very short distances. I'm going to use the pool for exercise (with Hubby!😁) and other than Water walking I don't know what to do. Very weak muscles and horrible range of motion in knees. We're not utilizing the Silver Sneakers/classes so soon, but will when we feel more limber. Any help out there? Thank You!

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First, congratulation on your decision to get moving and get healthy! Water-based exercise can be very beneficial, especially if land-based exercise is difficult or could exacerbate other conditions.

Water walking is great! And that's probably where you'll want to stay for a while. But there are actually a lot of water-based exercises. Like squatting against the wall, leg lifts. I've taken a "water aerobics" class in the past and found that the exercise felt more like playful fun instead of exercise. YouTube has a lot of great videos that will show you the exercises.

I can't tell you when you'll "feel more limber". For me, the physical benefits of exercise has been a very gradual change. Aside from the soreness I sometimes have the day after my exercise routine, I really didn't notice the effects for months. After months of participating, I just kind of realized how much easier I walk. I'm still amazed sometimes with the new changes I'm noticing and I've been participating for 1.5 years.

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I think you're making the best choice now with the Water exercise. Give your yourself time and some more weight loss before venturing into anything else. And congratulations on your exercising!

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3 hours ago, S@ssen@ch said:

First, congratulation on your decision to get moving and get healthy! Water-based exercise can be very beneficial, especially if land-based exercise is difficult or could exacerbate other conditions.

Water walking is great! And that's probably where you'll want to stay for a while. But there are actually a lot of water-based exercises. Like squatting against the wall, leg lifts. I've taken a "water aerobics" class in the past and found that the exercise felt more like playful fun instead of exercise. YouTube has a lot of great videos that will show you the exercises.

I can't tell you when you'll "feel more limber". For me, the physical benefits of exercise has been a very gradual change. Aside from the soreness I sometimes have the day after my exercise routine, I really didn't notice the effects for months. After months of participating, I just kind of realized how much easier I walk. I'm still amazed sometimes with the new changes I'm noticing and I've been participating for 1.5 years.

Thank you S@ssen@ch, I'm definitely going to check out various Water exercises on YouTube! Never thought of that, and I YouTube everything. I'm going to take it not-too-slow and then move up to classes. Slow but steady. :)

I hope I don't feel "hurt" after watercizing, I don't mind a good sore but I can't deal with yet more "hurt". I'll take it easy, I'll know when I get there and start! - Thanks again.

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There are certainly exercises you can do at home. Just do some research or discuss the matter with your Dr's fitness advisor.

For example, at home, you can use light weights for a variety of uses. You can do partial push-ups against a counter. You can get a medicine ball and just throw it up in the air and catch it repeatedly. When you are obese, it's hard to do any movement to get into to cardio. Walking may be the only thing you can do. Try making your walks more brisk.

Walking is a good exercise. As you loose weight, it'll get easier and you can go faster, farther. Your knee pains may subside or go away, my left knee did. Fat around knees will reduce motion. My feet were suppinating pre op, now that I lost 160lb, my feet are normal, tread wear on my shoes are perfectly even.

Are you pre or post op, and if pre op, when is your surgery?

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On 3/8/2019 at 12:07 AM, wjgo said:

There are certainly exercises you can do at home. Just do some research or discuss the matter with your Dr's fitness advisor.

For example, at home, you can use light weights for a variety of uses. You can do partial push-ups against a counter. You can get a medicine ball and just throw it up in the air and catch it repeatedly. When you are obese, it's hard to do any movement to get into to cardio. Walking may be the only thing you can do. Try making your walks more brisk.

Walking is a good exercise. As you loose weight, it'll get easier and you can go faster, farther. Your knee pains may subside or go away, my left knee did. Fat around knees will reduce motion. My feet were suppinating pre op, now that I lost 160lb, my feet are normal, tread wear on my shoes are perfectly even.

Are you pre or post op, and if pre op, when is your surgery?

Sent from my ONEPLUS A6013 using BariatricPal mobile app

Thank you for the suggestions, I will certainly discuss them with my podiatrist tomorrow.

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