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Is it possible to do genuine cardio with arthritic knees?

Hi all, my first post. I'm a UK male, 59, with osteoarthritis in both knees. I've always been athletic and enjoyed gym, but since developing OA a few years ago, this has tailed off, and I've put on weight. I really want to exercise, but all the equipment I try hurts my knees. It's not so bad if I go really slow, but that's no good for cardio. My question is: Is it realistic to think you can do effective (weight-reducing) cardio with arthritic knees and if so, what is the best equipment for this (i.e. equipment that doesn't start my knees hurting)?



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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129

    I have Osteoarthritis in my knees, and had to have both of my shoulders and hips totally replaced because of that condition.

    In addition, I had quadruple bypass heart surgery this past February (2018).

    I still do cardio exercises at least 3x week.  The treadmill  was approved by my physical therapists and my doctors for both cardio and osteoarthritis.  No, I cant jog or run on the treadmill, but an incline of 6 is fine with a speed around 3.5   Do this for about an hour.

    Then I can use the recumbent bike or nu-step.  Again, both perfect cardio workout machines and approved by my doctors for my condition.

    However, before you start ANY exercise, you need to discuss it with your doctor to get their approval.  No two people are the same, so what works for one person, could be trouble for another.

    The fact that my doctors approved my workout setup, does not mean it is valid for everyone.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
     I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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