The best type of exercise for people with muscular-skeletal challenges, of course, is in a heated swimming pool. In, 2005-2006, I was fortunate to live 5 minutes away from the Arthritis Association Pool in Bakersfield, California, prior to them selling out to a Physical Therapy facility. With a 'noodle' under my armpits, I spent 30 minutes 3 x a week in the deep end of the pool, where the gentle traction of the water took the pressure off of the nerves that went to my legs.
From there, I was shown a routine of exercises on a stability ball (see below) by a female chiropractor in Huntington Beach, California. It was definitely better than nothing... a good starting point when I didn't have a pool to exercise in... and portable... something I could do at home.
In January 2015, I met a woman who told me her incredible survival story. About 20 years ago, she was driving a car with her mother, aunt, and 2-year-old daughter inside. A drunk driver hit them. Her mother & aunt were killed. Her daughter was in a car seat and was OK. This woman had multiple fractures and was in and out of the hospital having 10 surgeries to repair the damage, including having both her hips replaced. One of these had to be done twice.
As her story unfolded, I found out that her doctor told her that if she did not exercise (wish someone had told me this as well), she'd be in a wheelchair before she was 40 (I DID end up in a wheelchair). It sure would have been nice if someone told me this as well.
I was right.
I realize Curves is just for women, but if you are a man, I encourage you to find a personal trainer who has rehabilitated from serious injuries or physical challenges vs. a trainer who has always been fit.
I also know a chiropractor in Huntington Beach, California... the one my family members who live out there go to. He wrote the book "How to Recover From Fibromyalgia," which you can find on Amazon.
The right people are out there to help you recover!
Introduction to using a Balance Ball aka Stability Ball
Another video on using a Balance Ball
Gentle Exercises (not just for seniors)
Gentle Exercises (not just for MS)
Gazelle Elliptical Exercise--for overall strengthening without hurting your joints.
Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home
Stability ball exercise routine. I believe you can download these photos and print them. However, if you are not able to, use the contact form to request they be sent to you via email.