TLDR: Formerly fat 40-year-old looking for alternative ways to tone ass and abs because of condishuns.
There, I got that out of the way. If you didn't already quit reading and start downvoating, here's the story.
I used to be fat (5'5" and 180lbs at my non-pregnant heaviest). I know, first of all "Fat: not even once!", and I completely agree. Now that I'm 40 and sustainably human again (eating less/right and mild exercise), I'm doing my best to recover some muscle tone as well. I know it's too late for me to completely recover, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to do the best that I can.
Now, on to the condishuns:
I had surgery for a birth defect as an infant/toddler. I'm thankful for it since without it I never would have been able to walk. However, as I've gotten older it's led to reduced strength and chronic pain in my ankles and knees. (I'm sure being fat didn't help that either.) Now, I'd like to tone my ass and perhaps actually get one. Unfortunately, due to the leg issues, squats are not an option. Are there any alternatives?
My abdominal wall is also a mess thanks to an incompetent surgeon for my C-section and the follow-up tubal. My muscles there have been sliced through twice and more or less patched back together. I've attempted crunches and other things to try and tighten things up as much as possible at this late date, but most of the time after just a few, it actually feels like something is tearing in there (not normal muscle strain). Are there any easier ways to start to build up strength there as well?
I know I should bring this to a doctor, but I have a hard time trusting them. When I was at my fattest (and on Prozac), I complained to one about the weight gain, and all he said was to not worry about it since I was only a "little" overweight. Yes, the other side of the much maligned "fat-shaming" doctors does exist. And while I have condishuns, I'm certainly not going to use that as an excuse to not do what I can to better myself.