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August 28, 2011 9:33 AM
Almost 2 weeks ago a friend of mine who lives out of state broke my heart because she feels she can't lose any weight on her own. You could hear the pain in her voice when she was talking about the conversations she has had with a bariatric doctor she is thinking about using for the surgery. Anyway for the past week and a half I've been sending her a daily text with a small list of exercises to do for that day. She has really made me so proud, she has been doing them everyday. I don't want to bore her by rotating out the same exercises over and over.

She has a bad hip, so that limits what she can do and for how long.

What exercises do you suggest I text her???
August 28, 2011 9:41 AM
I don't know what you've already told her. She can probably do press-ups against a wall. various ab exercises lying down.. on a bed if necessary. One I quite like is sitting down somewhere you can lean back, like on the top step of the stairs, putting your arms out in front and leaning back to work your abs. You could also sit on the floor, but I'm guessing she finds getting up from the floor hard with a bad hip.

It would help to know her range of comfortable motion with her hip. There may even be exercises that would help it. I know I do some free moving leg exercises to loosen up my hip. I also do some strength building ones to try to improve it.
Edited by moushtie On August 28, 2011 9:42 AM
August 28, 2011 9:42 AM
Is she near a pool? That is always a great option. She could ask her MD if she could see a PT and they might be able to give her some direction as well.
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August 28, 2011 9:43 AM
I have a bad hip due to being t-boned in a car accident, and the pain has limited my walking for the past 5 years. However, I purchased a set of walking sticks this spring from a sports equipment shop and found that they made a real difference. They support you, and enable you to shift your weight from your hips to the sticks themselves. I bought mine at 50% off for $12. They retract, and are adjustable for height. They look like expandable cross country ski poles, except that the tips are made differently.
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August 28, 2011 9:49 AM
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Is she near a pool? That is always a great option. She could ask her MD if she could see a PT and they might be able to give her some direction as well.


This^^^

A good friend of my Mom's had bariatric surgery and was required to lose 80 lbs leading up to it. I understand part of the reason was to ensure the patient was committed to making change, and also to reduce the risk associated with surgery when morbidly obese. Mom and her worked out everyday in a pool (Mom was her support coach and drove her to all her appointments, surgery, follow up, etc.--a six hour drive round trip (yay!--Mom! Did I mention Mom is 80?). Anyway, the pool works and doesn't stress the joints; all she needs to do initially is walk from one end of the pool to the other and work up from there.

Good luck to your friend ... maybe have her join MFP and get support from people here?
Edit: to correct spelling
Edited by Zeromilediet On August 28, 2011 9:55 AM
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August 28, 2011 10:00 AM
QUOTE:

Almost 2 weeks ago a friend of mine who lives out of state broke my heart because she feels she can't lose any weight on her own. You could hear the pain in her voice when she was talking about the conversations she has had with a bariatric doctor she is thinking about using for the surgery. Anyway for the past week and a half I've been sending her a daily text with a small list of exercises to do for that day. She has really made me so proud, she has been doing them everyday. I don't want to bore her by rotating out the same exercises over and over.

She has a bad hip, so that limits what she can do and for how long.

What exercises do you suggest I text her???


First, I have 2 bad hips (when one goes bad, the 2nd is shortly behind) and have lost over 85 lbs in 1 and 1/2 years. I need to get my weight down to have SUCCESSFUL, Sustained surgery on them. Weight loss is 90-95% is diet (WHAT YOU EAT,) people use exercise as an EXCUSE for NOT losing weight because they can not control what they eat! Tell her to get an eating plan and just stick to it. Most WLS Surgeons recommend South Beach because they feel it is closer to how "we" should eat. My eating plan is a South Beach type plan that I adjusted to Me. The KEY is sticking with the Plan, if she can't stick to an eating plan NOW, her WLS won't be successful (if she decides to get it done.) I have known people who had WLS but had to lose weight before it could be done...who weighed 350, 400, 500 lbs. lose up to 100+ pounds in a year on South Beach BEFORE WLS.

There are all types of exercise when a person has limitations. The main exercise for this limitation is Stretching and/or Pilates; also Stationary Cycle, light weights (upper and lower body), any type of swimming, calisthenics (sitting and/or standing.)

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