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    Occasionally I walk around a particular open, circular set of paths in my home 100 times, or just do 10 sit-ups. I don't do this consistently though. I'm bad at exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdalek View Post
    I've found Pilates, particularly the 100's to be a good start to the day,



    Along with push-ups, side-to-side rib-cage/torso slides, and modified hip-lifts (or snaps - good for strengthening and building support for the knees, too) (the last two learned from my SO from her belly-dance days) to give the core a good warm up for the day. I've taken up walking, about 30 minutes a day or as much as possible. All this has been to get my blood cholesterol under control, too.

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    Ahh... bellydancing! I love it! I also love walking and pilates! I hate lunges, but I do it to keep my backside strong *wink*
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    Having a dog is good excercise, especially if that dog is a hyperactive puppy. We went to the dog park yesterday and it was more walking at one time than I've done all month... ^_^

    The dog got even more exercise so mission accomplished!

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    I like to walk when I can. In the summer I go running maybe 4 nights a week for however long I feel like it (which is usually about 20 minutes). I do push-ups fairly often, but not a whole lot, usually 15 push-ups twice a day five days a week and sometimes more or sometimes less on weekends. I also do sit-ups/crunches (don't know what the difference is) as frequently as push-ups except I generally do 30-40 in a set.

    I'd like to maybe expand this a bit, but I don't want to spend any money or anything. What are some good, basic, free exercises that would work different muscle groups than the exercises I currently do?

    I think I'll go do some push-ups and sit ups right now, actually

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    I could use some input here - usually I ride my exercise bike, or go for a long walk, but I have spinal arthritis, and am in the middle of a bad flare, so both of those venues are out currently. Any suggestions of exercise that won't put stress on my lower back and hip joints?

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    Does swimming stress it much for you? It's traditionally the lowest impact cardio along with biking and the elliptical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    Does swimming stress it much for you? It's traditionally the lowest impact cardio along with biking and the elliptical.
    I had considered that, but then there's the whole " I'm wearing a bathing suit so now everyone must die" factor. I suspect I'll have to get over it, though. I actually enjoy exercise, and my rheumatologist told me I had to keep moving, so swimming may be a solution.

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    ^^ You is so modest.

    I have seen people at the pool wearing non-swimsuits or bodysuits for more coverage. I have also seen people wearing t-shirts in the water (which I wouldn't recommend for safety reasons) but whatever makes you feel comfortable.

    Pilates might help as well as it is meant to be therapeutic/restorative. Since you have arthritis, I would suggest getting a consultation from a teacher and then practicing on your own.

    Pilates can be more expensive than joining a gym, but community centers and local colleges are good places to take it up. I took an intro mat class at a community center, all my classmates were grandmas (that's what I get for taking a weekday mid-day class) so it was very slow paced with lots of time for questions.

    Same for Tai Chi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    ^^ You is so modest.
    Just trying to shield the eyes of the innocent.

    I have seen people at the pool wearing non-swimsuits or bodysuits for more coverage. I have also seen people wearing t-shirts in the water (which I wouldn't recommend for safety reasons) but whatever makes you feel comfortable.
    I'm thinking more like a tarp. Is one allowed into the pool wearing a tarp?

    Pilates might help as well as it is meant to be therapeutic/restorative. Since you have arthritis, I would suggest getting a consultation from a teacher and then practicing on your own.

    Pilates can be more expensive than joining a gym, but community centers and local colleges are good places to take it up. I took an intro mat class at a community center, all my classmates were grandmas (that's what I get for taking a weekday mid-day class) so it was very slow paced with lots of time for questions.

    Same for Tai Chi.
    Pilates! I hadn't considered it because I thought it was too much like aerobics for my joints to endure. But now I'll have to give it a look-see! Thanks for the suggestion, chica.

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