Aging in Place

Enter Article Text here: Mike, I have been following your advice for a number of years, all of it excellent, but have some specific problems that I hope you can address. When I was six years old I contracted polio that left my right side paralyzed for a time but recovered the use of my right leg although it is severely atrophied. However I have not let that stop me.

  I have been working out with weights since 1960 when I was 16 and have maintained a weight work out up to the present time (with a few years off in my late twenties).  Because my right leg/foot is quite weak and the left one losing muscularity as well, I try to do as many of my exercises as possible without stressing my legs. I have adapted many of your exercises to my type of workout, but was wondering whether you might provide those of us with limited mobility some weight exercises that do not involve, or involve very lightly, the legs?

 I work out at a Gold's gym and there a few of us geezers (although I do not consider myself "old") that would be beneficial for us. An example of how I have adapted - I use a preachers bench for curls, I do front, side and Arnold shoulder exercises while seated.  I alternate my weight workouts by doing chest/back on one day, shoulders and arms the next and then repeat.  So, any suggestions?

The Key is not to stop doing legs. You should actually do legs in order to prohibit the atrophy. Because you’re right leg is experiencing more weakness than the left, it is best to work one leg at a time or unilateral movements. If mobility is an issue. Stick to working on the machines such as leg extensions, leg curl and leg press. I repeat even with polio “if you can, then do.” That should be your motto. Try adapting moderate intense leg exercises but do each leg independently of the other but work equally as best as you can.