Found 4th Nov 2009
right guys i have been to the doctors again this morning as i thought i had arthritis in my knees they did blood tests 2 weeks ago to see what it was anyway went back this morning and they have confirmed it is arhritis but in my bones not my blood you see when i had my daughter nearly 6 years ago not long after i fell and cracked my knees on the floor and ever since i have had bad pain from them so doctor thinks it has been brought on early by my fall. now heres the problem i have been told i am overweight and need to exercise not only to lose the weight but improve my knees now i am only 26 i do not want to be cripped by the time i am 30. i know i wont just go out and walk about on my own and was actually thinking of joining a gym but my closest is 2.6 miles away but i love the thought that i can swim and use the steam room etc after i have had a workout.my only other complextion is i would have to go alone and the thought of doing it all on my tod terrifies me. so what can i do please give me some ideas.

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I was in the same position and I went along to the gym by myself and they were so friendly and helpful that I did not mind going the second time, you soon recognise people that go regularly and the staff are trained to put you at your ease .So if I were you I would go along and try it

Also they will advise exercises that are good for you and which ones to avoid .Swimming is one of the best for knees

Most people go to the gym on their own. I think once you get over the initial first time you will be fine, plus you normally get shown round the first time you go. Ask when the quiet times are. Failing that go swimming when it's a womens only session, in our pool we only get 4 or 5 women in the afternoon session.

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queenlush;6777371

Most people go to the gym on their own. I think once you get over the … Most people go to the gym on their own. I think once you get over the initial first time you will be fine, plus you normally get shown round the first time you go. Ask when the quiet times are. Failing that go swimming when it's a womens only session, in our pool we only get 4 or 5 women in the afternoon session.



yeah i know in a way it is my best option and i will probably feel fab for it after a while its just something i dread doing on my own i am not a very confident person. which gym do you use?

as it your knees make sure you do low impact exercise too xxx

Swimming will be great xxx

Also most gyms these days have a creche attached so you might even be able to take the lil ones ... check with the gym xxx

Sloth/Mod

What terrifies you more.........going on your own or being a cripple??

Easy choice imo.

I'm not a fan of the gym as it bores me stupid, i used to go to our local leisure centre, so it was only a small council run one. The staff were great though and i was like you, i thought everyone would look at me, but no one is the slightest bit interested cos they are too busy doing their own thing. You really need advice on the best excercise to do though, something pretty low impact i guess as you don't want to aggravate your condition. Swimming and the heat of a steam room would be ideal imo.

Take something with you to listen to music on headphones, you will be nervous the first time but you'll find most people go on thier own to the gym!

And as Sy says, your better to get over that fear than to be a cripple

Good luck!

i prefer the gym on my own, i have tendonitis in my knee (used to be both), and do low impact stuff in the gym. i thought it would be boring in there too, but once you gt into its good push yourself a little bit more every week, adn then chill out in the steam rooms saunas etc.
and if you go to a gym with decent equipemnt you wont get bored, my gym has TVs up on the walls, and most of the stuff has built in screens so you can plug your headphones in and choose what channel to watch, they have sky sports, mtv film channels as well as the normal channels, sky news etc.

Alot of gyms do classes these days aswell, quite often included in the monthly fee. They can be quite a good way to exercise, as there's an instructor there giving you encouragement etc,

i am in the same boat so to speak im 27 and i have a syndrome that effects my joints and i need to sort myself out, i dislocated my knee for the hundreth time and tore my acl on top of it so will be quite high odds for needing knee replacements or a wheelchair in my future.

i can do the gym equipment aside from walking so i swim, i also go to an aqua class this supports my joints while getting exercise. dont be scared of going alone. take your ipod ignore the world and do this for your mobility as it sucks when it has gone.

"they have confirmed it is arhritis but in my bones not my blood "

Thought it was only in bones anyway

civms47;6777526

Alot of gyms do classes these days aswell, quite often included in the … Alot of gyms do classes these days aswell, quite often included in the monthly fee. They can be quite a good way to exercise, as there's an instructor there giving you encouragement etc,



I was going to suggest that too, Aquarobics is good fun. Isn't there anyone you could drag along with you for moral support?

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jennie-jack;6777532

i am in the same boat so to speak im 27 and i have a syndrome that … i am in the same boat so to speak im 27 and i have a syndrome that effects my joints and i need to sort myself out, i dislocated my knee for the hundreth time and tore my acl on top of it so will be quite high odds for needing knee replacements or a wheelchair in my future.i can do the gym equipment aside from walking so i swim, i also go to an aqua class this supports my joints while getting exercise. dont be scared of going alone. take your ipod ignore the world and do this for your mobility as it sucks when it has gone.



yeah i am going to go for it, i have just spoken to esporta and have got an appointment for tommorrow morning they are going to show me around and work out a fitness plan that will suit me i am really scared now but at the end of the day its to suit me i surpose i am going to have to take the i dont care what people think attitude lol.

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tallpete33;6777535

"they have confirmed it is arhritis but in my bones not my blood " … "they have confirmed it is arhritis but in my bones not my blood " Thought it was only in bones anyway



no there is 2 types apparently i didnt know that myself its the docs that told me lol.

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queenlush;6777555

I was going to suggest that too, Aquarobics is good fun. Isn't there … I was going to suggest that too, Aquarobics is good fun. Isn't there anyone you could drag along with you for moral support?



unfortuantly no i cant drag anyone along as they are either working or too damn tight to pay the money.:roll:

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Syzable;6777430

What terrifies you more.........going on your own or being a … What terrifies you more.........going on your own or being a cripple??Easy choice imo.



i know prob being silly really but i am going to have to bite the bullet and just do it.

greyparrot;6777580

no there is 2 types apparently i didnt know that myself its the docs that … no there is 2 types apparently i didnt know that myself its the docs that told me lol.



Many many types, my Grandmother had rheumatoid arthritus.

Take a look at this site xx

arthritiscare.org.uk/Abo…tis

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greyparrot;6777597

i know prob being silly really but i am going to have to bite the bullet … i know prob being silly really but i am going to have to bite the bullet and just do it.



You'll most likely find you'll see some of the same people in there over time and make friends with someone or at least speaking terms etc with them.

greyparrot;6777575

yeah i am going to go for it, i have just spoken to esporta and have got … yeah i am going to go for it, i have just spoken to esporta and have got an appointment for tommorrow morning they are going to show me around and work out a fitness plan that will suit me i am really scared now but at the end of the day its to suit me i surpose i am going to have to take the i dont care what people think attitude lol.



Good luck ...treat it as a pamper rather than a chore :thumbsup: you are only young so look after yourself while you can. You may not like it but at least you are giving it a go. There are still things you could do at home such as bike, treadmill or excercise DVD but it would be better to have some you time and no interruptions.

Try your community centre and see what classes they have.

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Syzable;6777609

You'll most likely find you'll see some of the same people in there over … You'll most likely find you'll see some of the same people in there over time and make friends with someone or at least speaking terms etc with them.



queenlush;6777612

Good luck ...treat it as a pamper rather than a chore :thumbsup: you are … Good luck ...treat it as a pamper rather than a chore :thumbsup: you are only young so look after yourself while you can. You may not like it but at least you are giving it a go. There are still things you could do at home such as bike, treadmill or excercise DVD but it would be better to have some you time and no interruptions.



yeah your right just one problem now i dont even own a pair of trainers looks like i will have to get looking for some lol.

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greyparrot;6777694

yeah your right just one problem now i dont even own a pair of trainers … yeah your right just one problem now i dont even own a pair of trainers looks like i will have to get looking for some lol.



Never did Zola Budd any harm :-D (probs before your time :oops: )

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Syzable;6777700

Never did Zola Budd any harm :-D (probs before your time :oops: )



erm...yeah havent got a clue who she is lol.

greyparrot;6777694

yeah your right just one problem now i dont even own a pair of trainers … yeah your right just one problem now i dont even own a pair of trainers looks like i will have to get looking for some lol.



GO FOR IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D Trainers don't have to be expensive, nice light ones that support your arches well and are comfy.

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greyparrot;6777725

erm...yeah havent got a clue who she is lol.



No prizes for guessing which of the Olympians she is :-D

http://neuroanthropology.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/budd_decker.jpg

Syzable;6777700

Never did Zola Budd any harm :-D (probs before your time :oops: )



:? before mine too .............................................:p

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Syzable;6777747

No prizes for guessing which of the Olympians she is :-D



lol yeah.

queenlush;6777751

:? before mine too .............................................:p



we'll believe ya :whistling:;-)

ClarityofMind;6777775

we'll believe ya :whistling:;-)



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I love my gym - its now like a social club if you go at the same time every time you go you will find the same people there and I have made some nice friends by going at 8.30 to 9 (swimming)

You just need a bit more self drive.

Your kids and the fact you need to be in a condition to look after them, run about with them and generally have fun - should be all the motivation you need.

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moob;6778409

You just need a bit more self drive. Your kids and the fact you need to … You just need a bit more self drive. Your kids and the fact you need to be in a condition to look after them, run about with them and generally have fun - should be all the motivation you need.



i know thats what keeps me going and one of the main reasons i will be doing aside from the fact that the pain is so bad that if i sit for more than 30 mins it kills and i also have trouble getting to sleep at night the pains so bad like a dull aching like i have run a marathon. so its do it and get better or it will just go worse,seriously the way i am feeling at the moment if i do nothing about it i will be in a wheelchair by 30.

you will be fine - i put off joining for years - only did when i done it with a friend but with work etc we never go together, i thought i'd be conscious bout others but honestly every one does their own thing and no one bats an eyelid at you - most the men are too busy looking at their own muscles in the mirror :lol:

my fave part of my gym session in the sauna - lush!
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