Marlee, this sounds like a good idea for both of you. I have always been a walker, now I'm almost on one. But I continue to walk. I had a problem w/ my DH and exercising. When I would incorporate a new exercise, I would try to get him on board, too. He wasn't interested. He felt he did enough at work. He is busy w/ work, but it was the overall exercise he needed. I also have a bike in the house. I have a prob w/ balance, so I hesitant to ride one on the roads. I walk on the boardwalk two blocks over from me (in nice weather - early in the morning - spring, summer, fall) I walk in the mall early in the day, before the stores open (winter, rainy, snowy). I have a ball, like a beach ball size, that I use for arm exercises, to crawl up the wall & hold over my head and swing it side to side. I have stretch bands to exercise my arms and legs. I have a hard time w/ getting up and down on the floor. I don't have the power in my hands/arms to push myself up. I also can't brace on my knees. I can't afford a pool, mine or the Y.
Can you use some of the ideas that Ken will have in his cardio workouts? Start slowly, see what you can tolerate, and build up as you can. Keep plenty of water on hand for both of you to keep hydrated.
I would be very interested in any other ideas you have for exercies, we can do this. We are WOMEN, hear us ROAR, or at least meow. Remember, YOU are never 'not good enough'. You have health issues. You have always tried to do your best, for you and your family. Do not be hard on yourself. You are a very strong lady, much loved and admired.
God bless. Alice.
Marlee you can't compare yourself to Ken- heck, my 76 year old stepdad can spin circles around me prior to fibro even!
I too think you would like walking. It keeps my muscle strength up and it seems to be the easiest on my body. I know walking at the mall is not an option for you, but the treadmill will work for now and then like you said when spring gets here you and Krissy can get outside and walk. Thats all you need to do for now- baby steps. Then down the road if you want to do a little more, look into gentle yoga or Pilates, or whatever sounds interesting to you.
I had to walk the hospital too this week with my stepbrother having his heart surgery and it was a little too much-
My body tells me how far I can go- and I cannot do the whole mall yet and when I walk outside, it is only about 5 long blocks. When I make a trip to the grocery store, I try to push myself and get through the whole store, even if I just do the perimeter of it. It's slow going but compared to where I was it seems like I can do miles now.
I'm with you on this-