So I will not get into details but my problem is that I had an life altering surgery that has left me high and dry when it comes to working out and gaining muscle. My restrictions are where I can not have any impact training be it running, jogging, sprinting, etc.. I can not have resistance training, core training, leg lifts, squats, etc.. And above all I can not weight train.
What I am left with is workouts for the elderly, walking, swimming, and a cross trainer. I dream of becoming ultra toned but how can I when I am so very restricted. I can't help being jealous of my husband when he is running, sprinting, doing pull-ups, sit-ups, etc...
This is really bothering me. When I read in the paleo forums I feel left out and really sad because nearly everyone talks about their workout routines. I just feel so out of place.
Swimming is a great exercise. How intensely can you swim? Your body will be affected the same way when you "sprint" when you swim compared to running. Look at olympic swimmers! They're in amazing shape.
I have been doing a rehab based exercise program to help my back after getting hit by a car in 1999. It's called T-tapp. It is compound, comprehensive muscle movement exercises with no weights or impact. It also moves lymph very effectively, so if you have edema from your surgery or for people who have had lymph nodes removed it's something to try. When I first watch demos of it I thought it looked easy and couldn't see how it would be effective. It wasn't until I actually started doing the exercises that I experience for myself the benefits. The stronger you get, the more effective and efficient your workouts become. My improvements in range of motion and pain reduction alone are priceless to me. Teresa Tapp is the creator and she has a website. If you call their office her staff people are very helpful and can show you where to start. I haven't lifted a weight in 3 years yet have had increases in bone density and my stomach is flatter than when I was in high school. I can't promise you'll look like a body builder but you will be fit. They have workshops year round. You might want to check it out. www.t-tapp.com
Have you tried some floating dumbbells in the pool? They're made of foam, and can provide surprising resistance if you want them to. I love water aerobics, but understand about the "elderly" factor about it. It's refreshing, and can give some good tone. Any way you keep yourself moving will help.
Where do you live?
The only exercising I do is surfing, usually 3-5 hours 5-7 days a week. I've been doing this for around 6 months now and I've gained a ton of muscle, strength and better body composition. Surfing is more hardcore then most exercises because it so fun, I can literally surf till my arms fall off if the waves are pumping.
If you don't have access to the ocean find a low impact fun sport that you can participate in. Think of it as a blessing that you can't do monotonous boring exercises over and over again in the hopes you look better instead of actually gaining real fitness and having fun ;P
I should add some info, to get a better understanding of what I am going through. I had something kinda like a hernia. They did reconstructive surgery to lift my organs back inside, straining, impact, squating, and lifting, are very dangerous to me, even in simple forms.