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 DVDs for extremely obese people
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LNW

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DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 12:48 PM
This should probably be in the special situations forum but that forum doesn't get the kind of traffic that this one does.  My mom is extremely obese, mobid obesity I think they call it.  Anyways, she can barely walk, her diabetes is crazy, she's --> <--- this close to loosing her legs.  I have been doing my best to try and encourage her but I really don't know where to start.  Do "they" make DVDs for people who are so big that they can't do much of anything?  I've seen the videos for seniors where they sit in a chair and do exercises but I didn't know if something like that would do much for her.  I've tried to get her to move more, just like walking from her front door to the mailbox and back a few time, anything to get her moving.  But she says the neuropathy in her feet makes it hurt for her to walk.  She's only 45 yrs old but at the rate she's going I'd be suprised to see her make it to 50yo.  Do any of you have any advice?  DVDs that she could use at home, something simple but enough to get her heart rate up and help her burn some calories and get her moving again?  I've watched Jillian and Bob beat people into shape bigger than her so I know she can do it but it's just getting her into that mental frame of mind that she believes it and I don't think she'll ever get there until she see's some results.  Any help?
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 1:17 PM
I believe that your mother's needs are WAY beyond the scope of this forum. She requires professional supervision and support to be successful. It sounds like she is at the stage where self care and basic tasks in the home are more "workaerobics" than she can handle. She will need specifically modified weight and movement plans that breed success and encouragement - since everything must be so discouraging for her. Often people in her situation face pain and overwhelming emotional issues when it comes to diabetes management, diet and movement. It will be scary and hard and she will need a great deal of emotional support as well. There are clinics specifically designed to help. I hope she can reach out and get that help because even doing that would be a lot...D
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 1:40 PM
Several of Richard Simmons dvds[both his cardio and weight] show a seated lady throughout the dvd doing   exercise variations along with standing exercisers.On the Biggest loser show they are big but still mostly mobile.There are other dvds on collage also that show seated options for those that cannot stand for any length of time.Check the seniors dvds  and special circumstances dvds.I agree a specialty clinic may help especially to get her started.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 1:44 PM
As well as physical challenges she will need help as mentioned above  for the mental aspect which will be just as challenging,can you go to the family doctor for advice and referrals for where to start?
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 2:05 PM
I couldn't agree more with Dulcy and Exerciseman.  That is very sad that she is only 45 and can barely move.  Is she diabetic or have any other health concern that goes with obesity?  I do know that I have family members who are also very heavy and no matter how much I encourage them, they are just not ready to lose weight or change their habits.  A bariatric doctor or a registered dietician would be the place to go.  Make sure you seek out advice of a registered dietician (RD,) not a nutritionist.  I have found that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but a registered dietician goes through a rigorous education and various internships to earn that degree.  They will not steer you toward anything unsafe.  Best of luck to you and your mother.  My heart goes out to both of you.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 3:17 PM
I would agree with the previous posters that suggested sees a doctor or some kind of specialist.  They may be able to give her suggestion for what she could do.

There are chair workouts
walking workout like Leslie Samone (sp?)
Richard Simmons
Even like you said walking
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 3:21 PM
sorry to hear about your mom...my mom is obese and has health problems too, even though I'm her caretaker I can't change her since she's set in her ways. If your mom is willing though, there's a few chair workouts, not just a seniors one..http://www.collagevideo.com/searchresults.aspx?type=all&search=sit+and+be+fit. I would try to have her start there... since you say her feet hurt even Richard Simmons or Leslie might be too much for her.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 4:19 PM
I am sorry about your Mom.  You should talk to her doctor about exercise options and a nutritionist.  You could check with her local hospital because hospitals have community cooking classes for diabetes.  There is a show on PBS, where the instructor does do seated exercises.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 4:56 PM
She's under the care of every kind of doctor you can imagine.  She was supposed to have gastric bypass surgery.  She got all the way through the steps diet (I think that's what it was called) and her kidney dr said she wasn't in good enough health for the surgery.

She lost all her motivation after that.  She sees a psychologist and a psychiatrist, they were the ones who pushed her to do GB.  The dietitian at the hospital monitored her during the steps diet and has been helping her with trying to get her diabetes under control.  She's done a lot (quick drinking soda, eating healthier etc) but she's not doing anything physical.  I'm suprised with all the dr's she's seeing no one has sent her to physical therapy or something that will get her moving.

I spoke to her about trying to move more but she insists it's impossible with her feet.  I will look into some of those DVDs where the people sit and do exercises.  I'd hate to get her something with a bunch of old folks in it, since she's so young.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 4:57 PM
Thank you all for the support.  I really appreciate it.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 6:51 PM
Richard Simmons dvds ,many have a seated person showing  sitdown variations for those that cannot walk for the entire dvd.I know 'cause I have a few of his dvds.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 7:22 PM
Why don't you ask one of her doctors about physical therapy.  When my mother was in hospice care, I found that I had to be really aggressive.  Sometimes they just don't think of these things.  Thinking a out my mom got me thinking.  She was actually in hospice because she had Ovarian cancer and was in her 80's, but her PT brought her this thing that was just like bicycle pedals.  She sat in her own chair or even the couch to use it.  Why don't you ask her doc about something like that.  I bet you could get one on EBay, and I swear I even saw something similar once on QVC.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 7:55 PM
A year ago or so on Biggest Loser someone would sit on the edge of the bed and box and seemed to get something out of it.  Any movement is better than no movement.

Also (and I know this might be a tough sell) water aerobics.  A local health center near me has all sorts of classes for people with mobility issues.

Good luck.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Monday, January 23, 2012 9:25 PM
I know I shouldn't always be touting physical therapy but I think that when it comes to fitness for people with disabilities and severe health problems a good PT can be the answer. Back in the paleolithic era when I practiced in stroke rehab and geriatrics, I think that what was most effective was not necessarily hands on skills, but knowing the right movement to be performed so that the person could succeed and grow; grading it to their capabilities AND finding the right thing to say or do to motivate. Never blame the person; always look at what you can do to help them grow. A very wise man said that if a tree doesnt grow we don't blame the tree. It may be a need for more sun, more water, better soil etc. Blaming never helps...D
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:34 AM
My Aunt was severly obese around 375lbs, her doctor told her that she needed to loose weight.  She had diabetes and was also close to loosing one of her legs.   She used an exercise program offered by one of the hospitals in her area to start her weight loss program.  However, she was under medical supervision.  She was in the program for about 3 years.   Now she exercises on her own but still goes back every 6 months to check in .   She now weighs in the low 200's and no longer on medication for diabetes.   She told me that it is more than just loosing the weight it also about changing your mindset too.   So I would really work with her doctor on finding a program.  I do hope that you find a program for her.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:02 AM
As a formerly morbidly obese person (see my success story if you like), I sympathise with your concern very much. I know my obesity as a teen drove my family crazy with fear for my future, but I mistook that as disapproval of me for being fat.

The thing is, and you know this, until SHE is fully committed to making the change, there is nothing anyone else can do. No exercise dvd, physical therapy, psychologist/psychiatrist, internal medicine MD, bariatric surgeon, or even concerned family, can help her one bit. Indeed, your efforts may well irritate her or make her feel worse about herself. It has to be her decision. Sometimes that's the hardest part!

I'd advise you to tell her you are backing off, that you love her and you stand ready to help and support her whenever she is ready to ask.

By the way, on my 45th birthday I weighed around 260 pounds (not my top weight, but where I had "settled" for several years). Over the next few years I lost about 150 pounds. The decision was mine alone, but I had a supportive family and friends for whom I'm so very grateful!

I wish great success to her! And blessings to her caring daughter.

Judy
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:26 AM
oh yeah... not sure if it helps, but now I remember seeing the chair dancing workouts on the coming soon page, these look like they have people of all ages. http://www.collagevideo.com/searchresults.aspx?type=all&search=chair+dancing
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:40 AM
If she is willing, there is a dvd called Stronger Seniors Chair Yoga Program taught by Anna Pringle Burnell.  Just google the title.  I found this because my dad has type 2, suffers from severe depression and he suspects as I do, its his meds.  He's alot better, but I want to get him Yoga for Seniors by Jane Adams.  Or google Yoga for Obese people, a few come up.  I'd tell you where, but we aren't supposed to name other sites.
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:39 PM
LNW, there's a rehabilitative fitness program called T-Tapp that seems to be fairly successful with people who have obesity and related issues.  One of the workouts, T-Tapp More, is specifically designed for people who have obesity and age-related issues.  It includes a 10 min. chair workout and a 10-min. walking workout, but the main 22-minute workout is done standing in place (and can easily be modified as a chair workout, which I did while recovering from a foot injury).  Muscle activation (similar to isometrics), body alignment, and rehabilitation rather than extreme and rapid movements are the main focus of T-Tapp.  Check out the T-Tapp website.  Best wishes to you and your mother!
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Re:DVDs for extremely obese people - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:39 PM
As a non-physical therapist I will tout Physical Therapy...PT has made a huge difference following several injuries for me.  Also you may want to look out for a good and understanding personal trainer.

Also I hope my previous comments weren't flippant.  I care for my mother and know how hard it is and it's so easy for me to say what you should do.  I know from this board that the other people who responded are really wonderful and caring so taking their advice should help.

Just remember to take care of yourself and the  little one on your lap or you won't be able to help your mom.
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