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Date: 02.03.2010
From: leon boothe

Subject: exercise equipment

following feedback and having looked into the responses for previous posts. i have decided to create some home exercise equipment. are there any exercises which you enjoy doing?

leon
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Date: 02.03.2010
From: valh

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

it should be are able to do with bad feet and knees ???
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Date: 02.03.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

I like walking but can't do as much as I used to. I also live in a flat and something that strengthens my leg muscles in the same way walking up stairs would be good.
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: leon boothe

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

a quick question on that note, what size would your ideal product be, large or small
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Small - I live in a flat! Or collapseable
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

have you tried the Wii fit :-)
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

also forgot the powerball, its just a gyro that you hold in your hand and spinning it helps build strenght in your wrists and arms.

I use one and it does help, hope this link works:

http://www.play.com/Gadgets/Gadgets/4-/1720243/Powerball-Original-250Hz-Amber/Product.html
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

can't afford Wii but will check out the link.

How are things with you anyway Paul?
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Date: 03.03.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Well, I might just get a powerball. thanks for the tip
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Date: 04.03.2010
From: kirsty

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

I was looking at those powerballs but wasnt sure what strength to get? Paul do you know what strength yours was and how good is your wrist strength?? My wrist strength was good but deteriorating rapidly at the mo gues its a bit of a guessing game??
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Date: 04.03.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Hi Sally,

I am fine thanks, just really tired today, hope all is well with you.

My wrists are damaged and hurt quite a bit but i have found the powerball is ok to use and helps build strenght in the arms and wrissS.
I only have the normal powerball (theres loads to choose from) and find it totally fine for my needs.
It takes some time to get it going at first but after you've done it once its easy.
The faster you go the more you'll feel the workout through your arms.
I actually think the NHS should supply these (you can get them for under a tenner) for patients not only with arthritis but rsi etc.

Kind regards

Paul
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Date: 04.03.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Hi Paul, glad you are ok. I've got problems with my wrists too so will get one. I wish the NHS would give you better advice about all these things - if it wasn't for this forum I wouldn't know very much at all!

I get tired too, is the drugs with you or the arthritis? My consultant says it is the latter with me. I find I have to limit what I do in a day - can't do it all anymore. Am sure that's true for all of us here.
Take care.
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Date: 04.03.2010
From: dolly

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Anyone got any comments on vibro plate machines ? I have heard these are chosen for care homes and well regarded as easy excercise without stress on joints What about the intense vibration though? Thought to ask my G P but I'm sure he would have no idea !
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Date: 04.03.2010
From: paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

I think its the arthritis that makes me tired and the lack of sunshine.

I've heard good things about those vibro plate machines, its worth finding a place that can give you a free session, just so you can see what it does. I know theres one near my work in London (liverpool street station area) that does.

The only thing i know is that you will have to do exercises on it, but its best to speak to a trainer and explain you have arthritis.

Also these machines are not cheap if you wanted to buy one yourself. They range from a few hundred pounds up to thousands of pounds + .


Many regards

Paul
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Date: 08.03.2010
From: jill

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Wow those power balls look gr8, goona get one, thanks for that info Paul..... guys regards the tiredness u talk of, Ive been told it is the rotten condition(hate using the wird disease, but i guess that is what it is) anyway, was also told MTX causes its own fatigue.... fab huh?..... think I cld do that powerball thingy tho...game sell them for 8quid....looks fun and well worth it....when I get one, will let ya know how I get on .....LOLOL will be after Paul and sue him if it makes me worse tho..... U rich paul...? LOLOL
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Date: 08.03.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

LOL

Unfortunately not Jill ;-)

Good luck and remember the faster you go the more of a workout it gives you :-)

regards

Paul
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Date: 08.03.2010
From: jill

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Dammmm it!! gotta go slow paul, been told by shoulder surgeon 8 weeks ago that Ive got tendon degeneration, like I need that on top of bliddy Artha! grrrrrrr.....stay well paul

tc jill
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Date: 16.03.2010
From: paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

As an ex squaddie i try and keep myself fit, last night i tried a run.. didn't go well, felt as if my big toes on both feet were broken :-(

I know my right big toe and 3 other toes cannot bend anymore and xrays show the bone eaten away at the joint it connects to the main part of your foot. I used to love running.. its a complete bummer.

Anyway after failing at the running side of life i tried the EA fitness on the Wii, this is excellent and gives a really good workout, its more serious than Wii Fit and i highly recommend it. Of course its not like going to the gym but for a start its good.

I used to do Yoga also upto 5 hours a week, i loved it and need to start it again.
Good thing with Yoga is that its slow, relaxing and if you cannot perform a pose there are things you can use to help, such as belts, blocks and towels.

regards

Paul
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Date: 16.03.2010
From: Verity

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

Hey Paul, i have one of those powerballs but I dont have enough strength in my hands to actually grip it lol Plus in my right hand, my fingers are too deformed to really even hold it. But Ive tried briefly with me left hand and its good in that you can only go as fast as youre capable of rather than getitng carried away.

xx
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Date: 16.03.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

sorry to hear that Verity, thats a real shame your hands are so bad as the powerball really does work.
I would really recommend them to anyone with RSI/athritis as a means to gain strenght in the hands, wrist and arms.
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Date: 16.03.2010
From: jill

Subject: Re: exercise equipment

im still planning to get one, just havnt been to town yet to get it, Game sell them.....Verity thats rotten, keep ya chin up and use it in ya left hand, rather than not use it altogether tc x
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