Monday, August 24, 2009

My Exercise Program..NOT

Important PS: I watched the exercise video on NewWayRA.com again. Very well done, nice gentle exercises. Please watch it. I am admitting I was hasty in my judgement.

Please do not say to me “Use it or lose it”. I have never exercised, even as a kid. That is not a good thing, but since I can’t relive those years I need to think about what I can and should do now. I feel if I could strengthen some muscles that would help them support bad joints. (I know this, but don’t do anything about it.)

I went to an exercise class for people with arthritis about 10 years ago, one class only. I felt like a fish out of water. I think the program was called P.A.C.E. I remember there were some sets of movement people with RA were told not to do. A couple of years after that I bought a DVD of the P.A.C.E movements that I watched once. I can hear certain people say, “no wonder you can’t walk”. I don’t think that at all. Yes, I know healthy lifestyles are best. In addition, I didn’t eat correctly or do the right physical training for life. I was too busy raising kids and surviving. (OK, that an excuse)

Not one doctor has suggested exercise or PT during my brief two years of going to doctors for my ailments. Subject not even discussed. I wonder if they know I would not do it, or if Medicare wouldn’t pay for it. Maybe it’s because my Osteoporosis is so severe. Ever so often, I do get inspired to do gentle exercises. I saw a couple of ones in a magazine that used the elastic exercise rubber band things. What are they called and where do you buy them?

Next time I am going to tell you all about one of my best friends, Georgia. Now she has always worked out.

For now, “Good Night and God Bless”.


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4 comments:

  1. I think everyone has their own level of tolerance when it comes to exercise and chonic illness. You have to do what works for you. I use an elliptical, but that works for me.

    Resistance bands allow you to use your own muscles to do the work. You can find them at Target or at a sporting goods store.

    Have you considered water aerobics at your local YMCA? I used to take a class that had cardio and strength training for people with arthritis. It was fabulous and very invigorating. Plus, no impact means no joints screaming "OWIE".

    I also do yoga at home. It's gentle and allows you to go at your own pace.

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  2. This is a really nice blog. I also exercise daily, some days more than others. It all depends on the pain level . But rather in a chair , pool or walking I try to never miss a day. I feel better when I move even a little. Good luck to you.

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  3. By the way I love the picture of the granny, cute

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