Ideas for exercise, preferably at home as there are no
gyms nearby, that will help with cardiovascular conditioning without stressing legs. And there are
also no nearby swimming pools so aquatic exercise
is out. I have problems with my hips, knees and also with plantar faciitis in one foot so walking and running are not very comfortable. I do need cardiac conditioning, but am at a loss for what exercises would work. Ideas?
Have you tried a rowing machine? I have bad knees and hips and when they bother me, I just keep my legs straight and work my upper body. One with a sliding/rolling seat that can be locked in place would make it even easier.
You don't need anything fancy, mine is an old one with zero instrumentation. I use a basic around-the-chest heart rate monitor (Sears) and a $2 wind-up kitchen timer (WalMart).
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Robin, you sound like me! Bursitis in hips, arthritis in hips and one knee and plantar in one foot too! Do you also look like a drunk, demented T-Rex when you first stand up and try to walk?
My Rheum also came up with the stellar suggestion of trying running for cardio. I asked him how he wanted me to accomplish that after telling me to stop causing so much wear and tear to my joints. He got this face:
I've found using a stationary bike works best so far. At first I'd be on it 45 minutes and pedalling probably less than 1/2 of that. Had to keep stopping and restarting. But over a relatively short time the pedalling got longer and the discomfort less. Only issue with the bike for me is I'm not used to that pointy little seat slowly being eaten by my arse. And I've bought 2 different wider, thicker gel seats for the bike. I'm thinking of sticking one of my CC saddles on it next.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
Stationary bike or elliptical. The stationary bike is likely an easier place to start. It will really strengthen your legs without stress or impact. It's very good for strengthening the knees, quads, etc.
try and do a search for exercise videos on youtube. when i broke my wrist, my orthopedist sent me out with basically *no* instructions after my cast came off. i rummaged around on the web and found a fantastic video that someone made of wrist exercises. it was more helpful even than what the PT ended up giving me. i still do some of the exercises from the video. if you look for something like "seated cardio" or "upper body cardio" you may find some good stuff. also, if you sit on a stool and do the usual arm circles, etc, that you would normally do in your mounted warmup, that should help.