I am 56 years old, soon to be 57, and have had osteoarthritis since I was 17. When the doctor told me I had a type of arthritis I thought he was crazy; arthritis is for the elderly, or so I thought. I am kicking myself in the behind because I didn't listen. I, too, am morbidly obese and have many health conditions because of my weight and genetics. I finally braved it and found a website where they make bathing suits for larger size people. My biggest hurdle was taking that 1st step and going to the pool. I had a good friend who was encouraging all of the way and kept telling me once I got in the water no one would care. She was right! I absolutely love it being in the water as it takes the pressure off of your joints and can definitely feel a difference in the reduction of pain I experience. I bought a good pair of aquatic walking shoes and I do water walking in the shallow end and also some strengthening exercises. Start out slow and see how your body feels after your 1st workout. The pool I go to has a three hour time slot in the afternoon and 2 hours in the evening for only $2 a session and you can stay as long as you want. If I can put my huge body in a bathing suit and get in the water to help my joints loosen up and feel better about myself I know you can do it. Don't give up hope just because you gained some weight back. Keep posting your updates and I'd be happy to be on your support team.
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