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heatmiser
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   Posted 1/13/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a treadmill but am wondering if anyone has found other types of exercise equipment that aren't too hard to use with arthritis?  I was looking at a recumbent bike and one of those gazelle things.  I haven't had a chance to try anything though.  The bike seemed like it might be easier since I wouldn't have to stand, but I wonder if it would hurt my back.  I like walking but have to be careful not to push myself too far since I have problems with my feet and ankles.  Anyone have any experience with anything good or bad?
Lynne


curley
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   Posted 1/13/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynneb Hi,I read your post and felt the need to try and answer your question's.So bare with me,Ok my Rheumy and my Pain Doctor both desided that aqua theraphy would be the way for me to go.Now since it was a written script my insurance is picking the tab up.I get on an treadmill that is in water and it is disingned to take the pressure of of my knee's.I gotta tell you at first I was like yea right but to my amazment it is helping some waht.I'am also put on a bike as well and I have theraphist right there with me and they have some of the best bikes so to put your mind to ease it will not hut your back I'am so sure I will promise you.Oh and before I forget they have me setting on the edge of whirlpool and they make me excersize my ankles and feet,my theraphist turn's them back in forth to ease the stiffiness up and to help with swelling.I hope that this help's you some what.Let me know how you are doing..........
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Curley......
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Kimber
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   Posted 1/14/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynn,
I have lots of problems with my feet and ankles as well as my knees. Any type of equipment that requires a step motion or movement of the knee causes me pain. Therefore I try to avoid step machines, bikes, and treadmills. My rheumy suggested I try water aerobics as he thought it would be best for me, but I don't have any access to a pool where I live. My husband bought me a gazelle for Christmas, and it hurts less than any machine I've tried. Yoga or simple stretches seems overall to be the best overall exercise that I've tried so far tho. Hope this helps.

Kimber

erin.K
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   Posted 1/14/2006 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Lynn,
I have to agree with the gals on this one....water is the way to go.  But actually gaining access to pools can be quite difficult.  My personal experience:  I did buy a Gazelle 5 years ago.  It really puts NO jarring/pressure on the knees or hips or even ankles at that.  The one I have doesn't have resistance either.  So I do not know what the newer models are like.  It did wonderfully at stretching the legs and hips and maintaining ROM.  Not the impact feeling you get from walking...so it was pretty darn good.
Ellipticals I liked very much.  Now walking and trying to do just plain old housework is my exercise. LOL.  Although I do stretch best I can to maintain ROM and flexibility.
The best to you.
Erin

heatmiser
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   Posted 1/14/2006 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies! I went to the store and got to try out some different equipment today. Most of it is way out of my price range. I like the nordictrac that I tried but that was too expensive. The gazelle seemed alright but I think I get more of a workout on my treadmill. The one I saw was the cheapest gazelle. I get bored with my treadmill and that's why I thought something new would be a good idea. I have a little birthday money to spend so I'm trying to decide if I should invest in a new gadget or I also have the option to get a couple of months at a nearby gym. It has just about everything, including a pool and a hot tub (which sounds really appealing). It's just the challenge of fitting it into my schedule. Working out at home seems easier. I think I need to go investigate this gym and see if I would really use it often enough to make it worthwhile. I know they have an arthritis water class a couple of mornings each week. Sounds like what I need. I'm encouraged by those of you who say exercise helps.
Lynne

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