OK, so now that I’ve posted my New Year’s Resolutions I guess it’s time to begin following up on them, right??
My second resolution [loose 10 lbs/exercise/eat healthy] is something I can get started on, but first, I need a plan!
Having Arthritis makes it difficult to do exercise of any kind and these commercials of people hiking and riding bikes don't help either. It's true that movement helps ease the fatigue and stiffness, but the ugly truth is that some exercises also makes my pain and inflammation worst! Not to mention, leaves me unable to sleep a wink and out of commission for the rest of the week. Just ONE afternoon of walking at the mall leaves me with red, painful and swollen knees that I later have to treat with ice packs throughout the night.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Inflammation in the joints cause deformation and exasperating it can actually increase this damaging inflammation. Any doctor or physical therapist will tell you that joint pain is NEVER good, which is why it's super important to listen to your body whenever you do physical activity of any kind, whether you have Arthritis or not!
However, on the flip side, it is important that I move around because unfortunately the stiffness can also worsten my already decreased range of motion and cause muscle atrophy (aka: more problems I DON'T need).
So, not only is it a challenge for me to get up and get going, but it's also very difficult to find exercises that I can actually do!
So what is a girl to do in this situation?!
Luckily, there is a great resource online called, My RA Fit Kit where you can customize a fitness program based on your personal limitations and interests! I've filled it out and here is the program I'm going to get started on today! I'm not sure if this Arthritis-approved workout is going to help me loose 10 lbs....but either way I think it will help. ;) I'll keep you all posted on how it goes.
Just go to My RA Fit Kit, fill out the questionnaire, and get moving with me!! Together we will hopefully loose 10 lbs. xD
*I am not a doctor and you must always seek care from a medical professional before engaging in any strenuous activities.*