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kathy smith

This time, her lower-body functionally-fit routine. I just did "workout one", the easier one. Not difficult for a person with normal joints, it was at times frustrating for me with my knees. What I would like are some modifications. When I can't do a plie, what's a good alternative? The only videos I have seen that focus on arthritis seem to assume that you can hardly move at all. So you sit in a chair to do stuff. That is not what I am looking for. Just modifications.


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Sep. 12th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
what about water aerobics? is there a community pool near you? good workout & easy on the joints.

i found recumbant bikes good for working out & w/out pressure on the knees.

what about one of those gaia balls? i have one & it helps with stretching & you can ratchet up the workouts on them, too..
Sep. 12th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC)
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those are good alternatives to using exercise videos but that wasn't what I was looking for. I really like exercise videos. I have ordered a ball workout - and the ball, because that does sound good. I tried water aerobics and didn't like it at all! I really thought I would. And bikes...stationary bikes, to me, are really boring. But I do like, and use, regular bikes (they don't need to be recumbant to be okay on the knees). I do different things, but I am still wanting to do exercise videos, just need to modify the moves.
Sep. 13th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
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when you do get your ball, if you take it to a gym it will blow up easier & firmer than doing it with the cheap pump that's included. i <> my gaia ball - i hope you enjoy yours, too.

re: videos - i don't use them, but have heard excellent reviews of anything by the firm.
Sep. 13th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Yes. There is good reason the Firm videos are so popular. So many reasons, but I find their creativity a big part of it - set designs, routines, music. There's a lot more but you don't do videos so I'll stop there!

Good idea about the ball. I do have a gym membership.
Sep. 16th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
a plie, when properly done, streches the back of the calf muscles as well as the top of the thigh and the archilles heel. To modify, I would suggest that you slightly bend one knee, then lift the toes of the resting foot, lean over, grasp the toes, and go to your leg as much as you can, keeping your back straight. This will work on back posture as well as all the muscles that get worked in a plie. (And a little more, too!)
Sep. 16th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
That's a good alternative. Thanks!
Sep. 16th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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