Some really mundane things that can help with core strength is just planking, flutter kicks, crunches, not really a high entry bar but your reps shoot up really quickly with practice.
I'd kill to be able to exercise properly again - I haven't been able to for years.
My right side doesn't get the signals from my nerves so no matter how hard I try to make my leg do something it just won't. It took my physio to explain in detail and strap a really heavy weight to his leg before he understood what it feels like to try moving what is in effect a dead weight. The arguments we had where he was telling me to work harder and use my muscles before this was explained to him were soul-destroying.
I belong to a group with my condition that has all ages and mixed sex - it's amazing how denial makes the young men think that excessive work-outs in a gym mean they'll escape this disease. I can't blame them as when I was diagnosed there were no treatments so I was told to live life as full as possible before it took hold (which has taken a few decades - I'm one of the lucky ones). Us oldies still share "that" look whenever the "youngies" tell us we should have exercised, though.
With that said, fitness is key. I didn't attend a gym (no time, not an excuse), but I did 15 minutes of toning exercises a day, every day that my physio had given me. It's shocking what a difference 15 mins a day over six weeks can do!
MK7 - do you have ANY exercises you think I could manage to up my core strength? I think my back is in really bad shape. My osteopath says she can feel the muscles have tensed up with spasm so I'm assuming there's still enough of them to exercise! I can't use my leg much - I can't lift it from lying down at all - and i have a problem with my arm on the same side but not as bad.
I understand that. I eat well and exercise daily but I don't do things like weights and intense cardio because I see the long term degradation that overtraining and poor form has on friends of mine who are still in their 20s. I stick to a lot of more natural stuff for my body like just walking, yoga, calisthenics (with resistance bands sometimes for more intensity). I look for simple practical strength and cardio fitness and not heavy weights and long endurance etc.
Some of the really low intensity ones I can think of are:
Leg raise - Lie on your back and just raise your legs about 3 inches off the ground as long as you can (this one strengthens your back but too much of it when not used to it can hurt your back, so do it in gradual increases you're comfortable with)
Hip raise - Do the same, but knees bent, and try and raise your hips a few times
Yoga - Tons of core strengthening positions that just require you to stay in one spot and breathe for 5 to 10 breaths, bridge, chair, wall dragon, embryo and wall squat are really good low intensity core strenghtening yoga poses
Static pushup - Just get into a pushup position and hold it, don't actually do a pushup if you can't.