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Old 03-14-2010, 03:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
elderwanda
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Default What if you can't exercise?

I just joined FitDay not too long ago, but I'm asking this question with my mother in mind.

She's in her early 70's, 5' 1", and obese (I don't know her weight, but somewhere in the 200 pounds ballpark). She has osteo-arthritis and needs a cane to walk. She has to go up a flight of stairs to get to her apartment, and although she manages, it's very difficult for her.

She eats a balanced, very healthy diet, with very little processed food or junk, but because of her age, small stature, and lack of physical activity, it's really hard for her to keep her calories at a low enough level to lose weight.

The first thing that comes to mind is water exercise, but she works full time and has no access to a pool. (And I don't think she would be eager to be seen in a bathing suit.) So that's out.

It's like a Catch-22 situation. Her weight is causing problems that keep her from being able to exercise, which in turn is keeping her from being able to lose weight.

Is anyone here in a similar situation? If so, have you found any good ways of burning calories that doesn't cause pain but gives you some aerobic benefit? I'd appreciate any ideas I could pass on. Thanks!
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