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Old 09-19-2019, 01:33 PM
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Hi all. I am a 70 y.o. female. Up until this year I have always been fairly active and fit. I did not do a lot of heavy weight training per se, but did daily bike rides, dancing, and a few other exercises like lunges, squats, etc. Even though this may sound minimal compared to what many of you here do on the regular, it kept me looking healthy, fit and decently "toned." Well unfortunately a couple months ago I started to have pain in one calf which I dismissed as a bike injury but it got worse to the point I ended up in the ER and then hospital for a while with an enormous (and life threatening) blood clot.

I am on blood thinners now and am told I need to be very careful. Nothing high impact or heavy lifting at all. I am completely SHOCKED at how quickly I lost all my "tone". While my weight didn't change, I now look "skinny fat" with thin, but flabby arms and legs and I'm not sure what to do. I have only in the last couple days even been able to do short walks and do more around the house. Every day, it gets a little better and I can do a bit more.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions? At my age, it is already a battle to not lose muscle tone. I want to at least get back my former level of fitness! I still have pain and swelling, but I'm told light exercise is the best thing for it. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:05 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Ask your docs for a referral to physical therapy. Those people know so much! I think they would what you can safely do. Good luck.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:13 PM
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Make sure you ask your MD what she recommends. Certain activities are probably contraindicated while on anticoagulants.

If there's a clot that could dislodge, I'd think being too active would be worrisome.

If okayed......

I'd recommend Pilates, yoga, some lightwt body sculpting stuff (barre). As we age, muscle wasting occurs with disuse. I think protein supplement is a good idea. I'd start a walking program as well.
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