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Disabled trying to lose weight
na321 posted:
Have Cerebral Palsy and Osteoarthritis use crutches most days sometimes a wheelchair. Need to lose about 30 pounds for pain management and health. Just got a Chair Gym and signed up doe Web MD free online weight loss assist. Question: Does anyone know how many calories can be burned using the the chair gym and a recumbent bike ? I also have a recumbent bike I will be using as well but I have more upper body strength than lower body so I can only do the bike for maybe 5-10 minutes at a time.
PetuniaPea responded:
I know why you're asking...I just tried googling chair gym calories burned...and I got nothing!

A good rule of thumb is that for any kind of light activity (yoga, slowish walking, light ballroom dancing, gardening, etc) burns about 4 calories per minute. Any kind of heavy activity (running, intense aerobics, etc) burns about 10 calories per minute). And any moderate activity is somewhere in between.

I'm going off memory from my Calorie King book, by the way!

Depending on how hard or how leisurely you pedal on the recumbent, I would guestimate you could burn anywhere from 4-8 calories per minute...

Good luck with the weight loss...remember, slow and steady wins the race. Even if it takes you all year to lose the weight...that's a great accomplishment! A few years ago, it took me all year to lose 15-20 pounds...and I've kept it off!

P.S. A great documentary I just saw last month on HBO...was amazing...I was so elated afterwards, it was so sweet to see such good-hearted, amazing girls with so much strength and's the IMDb page, I'm not surprised that the rating is through the roof...Miss You Can Do It...

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