Ask the FBGs: How Can I Get Fit in My Limited Condition?

Today we’re featuring an Ask the FBGs post, where readers like you ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness or nutrition related, so send your undying health questions to You just might see them posted here in the future!


Good afternoon,

I am in my early 40s and had a few major surgeries along the way. In my late 20s I had a partial hysterectomy, and in my late 30s I had a surgery called Chiari decompression that removed the bottom portion of my skull (no plate or mesh to replace what was removed). I was told that I could not do high-impact exercises like running, high-impact aerobics, P90X, etc. — not that I prefer to do those types of exercise anyway. 🙂 I am terribly unmotivated on top of that. What are your suggestions for the best and most impacting exercises for me to do at my age and in my condition? Thanks in advance for your help/support.

In dire need of help,

Dear M,

Man! We’re sorry you’ve had so many physical issues over the years. But, the good news is that even doing low-impact stuff you can get a great — and we mean GREAT — workout.

First, know that there’s no shame in modifying a workout. No matter what workout you choose to do — and we encourage you to try lots of them to see what you love (after all, life is too short to do workouts you hate!) — don’t be afraid to make it right for you. Listen to your body and follow your doctor’s advice always!

Second, while you can pretty much modify the majority of workouts to be low-impact, here are a few of our favorites:

Lastly, to address that bit about you feeling unmotivated … Well, we have a whole post on finding your very own healthy living mojo here. Definitely check it out, along with this post on how to best start a workout plan. From there, just take it one day at a time, be open to finding new exercises to love and know that you are worth it and that you can do it!

Let us know how it goes … ! Much love to you, M!

The FBGs

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  1. I have a disorder that impacts my movement, and high-impact sports/exercises are not possible for me. I tell you, though, pilates changed my life and my entire body. My core is stronger, I have less aches and pains, and the exercises are highly adaptable for any physical limitations one may have. I do recommend getting some individual one-on-one training at least in the beginning (vs a mat class), so that the instructor can better modify your workout.

  2. I also love indoor cycling and water aerobics when I need something low-impact! The water aerobics seemed kinda lame and old-ladyish to me at first, but once I got over myself and tried it, it was amazing!!!