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Im 461lbs, whats the best exercises I can do that wont bother my knees?

Shanda Ostwalt asked this question Sep 13th, 2011 7:19 pm

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Tracey Mallett

I recommend you start doing aquatic exercise, as the water will support you with no impact on your joints. You can strengthen the legs without aggravating the knees. Try forward leg lifts holding the side of the pool that strengthens the quads. Plus, side leg lifts that strengthen the glutes and support the pelvis to help you walk easier.

What constitutes as high and low Intensity in terms of heart rate?

An easy way to monitor your heart rate is perceived exertion. This is a scale of 1-10, 10 being the absolute hardest and 1 you’re completely still.

Steady State/Aerobic exercises are around 6-7. You will feel your heart rate elevated and could probably stay at this pace for quite some time plus conversation is easy.

High Intensity/Anaerobic exercises are around 8. You will not be able to perform at this pace for longer than 60 seconds; it feels challenging and heavy breathing. However, you should still be able to string words together.

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posted on Apr 16th, 2012 3:05 am