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Exercising when in pain

Friday, July 06, 2012

emoticon Years ago I had a doctor diagnose me with arthritis. The bottoms of my feet would hurt when I would walk too much. He told me if I would buy Move Free at Walmart it should do the trick. I did as he advised and it seemed to work for me. As time went by I have tried various forms of Glucissamine and Chondrotin (which I have probably spelled wrong) that was contained in the medication. And eventually I did not even seem to need it any longer. I had a few other symptoms of arthritis, like swollen ankles and swollen wrists, but neither of those hurt, so I didn't pay much attention to it.

About a year ago I started to experience in my right hip when I would lay in that position too long at night as I was sleeping. The pain was severe enough to awaken me, causing me to change my position. Then my left knee started giving me problems. I could move it in the direction necessary for walking, but any sideways type of movement would bring shooting pain. I saw a doctor again and was told "it's arthritis, sorry, there is nothing we can do." Now it does not seem to me that there would be NOTHING they can do for arthritis in today's age! For the pain in my hip they offered a cortisone shot. The first time it kept me more or less pain free for an entire year. I had another shot in January, and by June my hip was hurting again, worse than before. Pain pills started to be a common part of my medications.

Then about 3 weeks ago I had not walked my dog (she's 7-1/2 years old) for about 3 days due to the extreme heat in the Phoenix area. When I reached down to pet her, she yelped as my hand brushed over her hind legs. I realized she too had developed arthritis. I cried, thinking she would be in pain and would eventually have to be put to sleep. But then I started reading all I could find out about arthritis. One of the most important things that stuck in my mind is that exercise actually helps keep those hurting joints more limber, and pain free. Exercise can be something as simple as WALKING. The very next morning I got up at 5:30 when it was still cool enough for both of us to be outside walking. She seemed to take to it very well, and I'll have to admit after walking a mile or so, my hips felt better too.

It has now been 3 weeks that we have been getting up early and we try to walk about 1-1/2 miles each morning on our walks. If we manage to get in another walk in the evening, so much better for us, as this is a case where more is better! Yes, I still take pain medication as necessary, but I feel so much better than if I had just set around watching TV or laying in bed hurting. I will not go so far as to say that walking will benefit everyone who suffers from arthritic pain, but as it is free and available to all -- why not give it a try!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/16/2012 12:59PM

    Yep! Same here! Way to go!!

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ONUTHIN125 7/11/2012 9:07PM

    emoticon My husband has arthritis. We began a new walking routine this morning. I hope that walking helps him as much as it has helped you and Amber. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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PSMITH3841 7/10/2012 1:13PM

    I have arthritis also. I had to have my hips replaced because of the deterioration caused by this condition. If I didn't keep dancing and exercising, my joints would seize up on me and I would be an immobile lump! Rainy, damp-cold days stiffen me up a bit, but up & down the steps a few times, and a quick walk with Zoey, I'm ready to rock & roll!!!!!You're giving great advice! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROBBGIN 7/9/2012 2:02PM

    Some good advice. I've got arthritis from my toes to my neck and have a great deal of pain....but I keep moving around. That old saying,"move it or lose it" is so true. I'll be glad when fall weather and cooler temperatures are here once again.

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CATLADY52 7/6/2012 4:04PM

    Walking early in the day is a practice I am trying to establish. I did it four times in the last week and will try to get another one in tomorrow. emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 7/6/2012 10:20AM

    Right on, Lady!! I keep a picture on my refrigerator to remind me to "Never Stop Moving" - letters are people doing yoga poses. You may have seen it.

Another thing that seems to help with the hips are IT band stretches. You lay on your back and extend your legs toward the ceiling. Then gently cross your right leg towards the left and hold a few seconds, then repeat on the other side. We did this in Pilates class for several weeks, and lo and behold, all my hip pain disappeared. I must stress, do it gently and don't hurt yourself doing it.

Thanks for another great blog!! KOKO!!



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STILLFLYIN 7/6/2012 9:51AM

    Same thing here! Except I have had to find ways and places to walk inside.

Keep on moving so you CAN keep on moving!
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VITCHY-VICKI 7/6/2012 7:17AM

    emoticon emoticonWalking is good for everyone and if it helps with our arthritis then I will keep walking great blog thanks
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TRISTAROSE 7/6/2012 6:52AM

    I agree ... walking is great exercise and I walk every morning for at least 30 minutes. It does help to keep moving and it also relieves my stress. So glad you and Amber are on the move and I hope it continues to help you both!

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LIS193 7/6/2012 5:50AM

    Moving keeps everything going! I find I "seize up" when I don't move enough.
Keep at it!
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ARTJAC 7/6/2012 1:39AM

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SHOES17 7/6/2012 1:12AM

    I have found that the more I move the less I hurt. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time really makes me hurt. I wish you the best. Keep moving and let us know how it goes! emoticon

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FOOD HABITS

Saturday, June 30, 2012

emoticon When I was a kid and company came over (usually relatives) we either had fried chicken, hamburgers, or fish fries. Why? Probably because we raised all of those items, or in the case of the fish, we had a creek running at the end of our property. We combined these foods with baked beans and potato salad.

emoticon emoticon Milk and cookies ruled at our house when I was married and my own children were growing up. Another favorite was toasted cheese sandwiches. Back then my favorite "company" food was lasagna -- lots of work, but it was something everyone loved and it was a one-dish meal.

Even as the kids grew up and moved away from home, I noticed that my food choices seemed to go in cycles. I was now eating more fish and seafood -- something I thought was "beneath me" back in my pre-teen years. Salads worked their way into my menus more often also. It took me until I was about 50 years old to have to watch my weight (lucky me) but as soon as the FAT CELLS discovered my body, they didn't want to leave.

Retirement came along and it seemed someone was always having a "cocktail party" and it was heavy on the appetizers to go with. Each hostess would try to out-do her predecessor by adding another item to the menu until the "drinks and nibblies" suddenly were full-fledged meals! And of course little by little the waistlines expanded. Steak emoticon was on the menu regularly, plus the baked potato and salad. Wouldn't have been too bad if it wasn't for that potato being piled down with butter and sour cream. No one seemed too interested in turning down dessert emoticon either.

So now, suddenly we are facing the reality of our poor choices. Now we are striving for that Healthy Lifestyle! Instead of cocktail parties I'm checking into menu's that will keep me in my 1200 calorie per day range, and checking outdoor temperatures to try and get in a mile or two walk. When in the city it's the easiest to just drive over to the gym and get a nice workout. There is an old saying "Better Late Than Never" -- this applies to our life -- yes, YOURS and MINE! We've had our fun, now it's time to be practical about what we're stuffing our faces with so instead of a cocktail, I drink a glass of water; instead of canapés, I snack on sugar-free, fat-free pudding or a 1-oz. serving of nuts; instead of butter and sour cream on my baked potato I use fat-free or low-fat sour cream; and I grill or broil my fish and forgo the NY steak! And especially say no-no to the ribeye! Dessert? Let me check to see what my calorie count is so far today -- perhaps a bowl of mixed fruit.

Yes, changes come to everyone's life, and if you choose wisely that life can be a good one and continue on for a good many years of healthy, happy living! emoticon

  
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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/4/2012 12:31PM

  yes, I can relate.. I somehow thought when I was younger, I would never grow old, and the energy I had would always be available.. my good health would stay the same....well, now at 62, can anyone say"we reap what we sow"

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JACK714 7/3/2012 3:50PM

    I really like your writing. Sounds like my story, except for anything to do with fish.

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PSMITH3841 7/2/2012 1:03PM

    This sounds so familiar.....the subtle gain...then Whaaa????? How did this happen? Been there done that, I'm upward bound after Mexico, not by much, but enough to get serious about my food choices.....Again, another timely blog, my friend! emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 7/1/2012 2:14PM

    emoticon Wonderful blog and so true. I was always tiny until about 20 years ago. I packed on the pounds while I was having fun-camping, having family and friends over for cook outs, cooking "fun stuff" for the hubby. I am now back on the healthy track and I vow to continue this lifestyle. Thanks for the reminder of what has to be done! Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/1/2012 8:17AM

    I worried about my weight from 8th grade till now and wish I didn't so never really had those days but a lot of people did - I am heather now then back then so that is a plus and great blog thanks for the memories
V

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ARTJAC 7/1/2012 3:14AM

    YES THOSE WERE THE DAYS LONG GONE NOW emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 6/30/2012 8:58PM

    sigh moderation in all things..........

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CATLADY52 6/30/2012 5:16PM

    It is never too late to practice moderation in all its facets. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 6/30/2012 3:32PM

    Yes!

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Classy 70's! Not to be dismissed lightly!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is to all of you people out there who have reached the glorious age of 70 and over. We may be getting a little slower at some things, but we're still doing them! And what we lack in energy is made up for in experience!

OK, maybe instead of cleaning our entire home in one clean sweep we now do one single room at a time!

OK, maybe the scale has been creeping up without us being aware, and this started long before we hit the age of 70! But it's not too late, we've still got plenty of fight left in us!

OK, if we aren't satisfied with having gray hair (and not all of us are blessed with the eye catching, wonderful head of hair in a brilliant silvery white) we have to get our color out of a bottle! But at least we're not "hitting the bottle." lol (bet we learned that the hard way too)

OK, not that many of us are out there entering the 5K races. But we've learned to enjoy our daily walks, and we've also learned that a while a run may use more calories than a walk, a walk is a lot better than sitting around watching TV.

OK, we've learned that one single afternoon with the young grandkids can wear us down to a nub. But, thank the Lord, they go home -- and we can take a nap.

And speaking of NAPS; it's become my new motto:

emoticon NAPS ARE NOW MY 'HAPPY HOUR!' emoticon

Another advantage is that sleeping burns more calories than watching TV. And cocktails have a lot of calories -- so I've improving my health by sleeping instead of drinking!

  
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LUNADRAGON 6/30/2012 7:45PM

    Well done, you certainly do not look 70!

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ONUTHIN125 6/30/2012 3:17PM

    Naps are your happy hour-I love it! I really enjoy taking naps and I am in my early 50's. As always, you inspire everyone! Take care and enjoy your naps! emoticon emoticon Spark On! emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 6/30/2012 11:43AM

    Great attitude!

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/30/2012 7:51AM

    I too have a few years before I hit the Classy 70's but I need my naps also and I am already just cleaning a room at a time and I'm in my 50's and coloring my hair but that is life and so glad we are here to share what we know and have learned
thanks for the blog
V

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2012 3:23PM

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ARTJAC 6/28/2012 11:35PM

    NAPS ARE GOOD MY NEW WAY OF LIFE emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/28/2012 5:12PM

    I sometimes start to nod off in front of my computer and think of taking a nap but won't because I'm afraid that something might happen and I'll miss it. emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 6/28/2012 2:02PM

    I have long been a proponent of naps! Esp. after a tough cardio class, or after a day with the grandgirls!! Did not know about the calories burned while sleeping - just one more plus!!

I've got 6 years to go, but am looking forward now to being a Classy 70.

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:40PM

    At 65, I have begun preparing for my Classy 70's! You know, I really should re-think Naps....many of my friends take them (especially my other half) and really tout the benefits! I think if I take a nap I might miss something! Heaven forbid!!!!! emoticon

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KINEPS 6/28/2012 12:40PM

    Naps are now your happy hour . . . . . too cute - lol!!!!

I have several years before I'm a member of the "Classy 70's", but I can relate to several of your comments.

Life is what we make of it and our age is just a number, it does not define us!!

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water - Water - WATER

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

emoticon Wish this could have come through in the big print that was in my email, but at least the message is the same! DRINK WATER!!

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study:

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

(No kidding, all of the above are true....)

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TRISSIDAAE 6/28/2012 9:43PM

    emoticon i am drinking some now

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:13PM

    WATER....You can't live without it! Drink Away! emoticon

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SSORENSEN1 6/28/2012 12:05PM

    Wow, thanks for the info! Keep on sharing! emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 6/28/2012 8:58AM

    Water, one of my favorite drinks. I have always been a heavy drinker.... of water....
but I didn't know all the benefits. Thanks for sharing.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/28/2012 7:25AM

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I drink my water everyday but my joints still hurt guess it is just old age but I will keep drinking my water
V

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MEEZERMOM2 6/28/2012 7:04AM

    Great info! I start off each day with a glass of water with lemon & lime squeezed into it, good for my bones!

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JACK714 6/28/2012 6:40AM

    Sounds like water is important. Thanks for the info and the encouragement to drink more WATER.

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LYNETTEMOM 6/28/2012 12:36AM

    I find keeping my water intake up, makes me less likely to get headaches.

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ONUTHIN125 6/27/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon I love water and I always drink at least 9 glasses a day. Great info-you noted a lot of things that I did not know. Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 6/27/2012 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing this .... good to know!

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CATLADY52 6/27/2012 9:17PM

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Early Morning Walks Are Special

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

emoticon For a couple of mornings I did not get up early and when I did get up it was just too hot to go for a walk. I found that I really missed it.

Getting up early forces you to leave that cozy bed, and while this is true, it does have it's own special benefits. The early morning walk! It thrills my dog to see we are going for a walk! And the exercise we get benefits both of us. Recently she started having a bit of problem with her hips and the walking has put her back to normal. And for the past several months I have been bothered with osteoarthritis in my hips and left knee -- walking seems to help that too!

Early morning in the country is much nicer than early morning in the city. Everything looks so fresh and clean with the sun just peeking up over the curve of the earth. There is a special air of quietness over everything, and it's a special treat when we happen to spot a deer contentedly munching grass in a meadow. You are more likely to see rabbits scampering around in the early morning also, before the heat of the day makes them seek shade.

When we first started these walks I found I would be tired by the time we made our 1.1-mile loop and circled around back to our home. Now, other than the fact that it's starting to warm up a bit by the time we've made the loop, I have enough energy to where I could go around again. So all I can say is this: "Try it, You'll Like it!"
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WIFEALF 8/4/2012 12:23PM

    We live in the country and i love walking in the mornings too.Nature i love it.I find walking in the town isnt the same have to fight the traffic and hear all the noise in the country most of the time its so peaceful.I love it...

enjoy your walks.do you take pictures as you are walking?how long do you walk for??

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KAYWEB555 7/2/2012 7:33AM

    Yes, the Pups and I walk every morning around 5am. We just love this special time of the day as you have found out and shared about. Thanks for sharing about the deer and rabbits !

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2012 3:20PM

    Oh yeah!! I with you all the way on that, gf!!! I have been getting out of my comfy bed early and getting me and the dog and DS around the block ( 1 mile) then just me and DS around again (another mile)!! It's great! I, too, live in the city, so the only wildlife to see is squirrels and bunnies!! Love those bunnies!! Love walking early, tho, staying in bed is still hard to put behind me! hehe So, I tried it and I DO like it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:07PM

    Zoey and I LOVE our walks, but now that it's been so hot (we're city folks [almost]) we have had to cut back on our distance....she is really bothered by the heat, even though I keep her clipped short and bring water for her. Once the heat wave breaks we will go back to our regular routine.... emoticon

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ARTJAC 6/27/2012 8:31PM

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ONUTHIN125 6/27/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon emoticon I have been walking early for the last week. Today a saw a emoticon and a couple of deer. I walk and just breathe in the fresh air that God has given us. Morning is the time for me to reflect and take a small part of the day for me. Wonderful blog-everyone needs to try a morning walk-it is really emoticon! Spark On! emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 6/27/2012 8:26AM

    We too like to walk, but in the summer my husband is not an early riser. We don't get out the door until 9 ish. But your are right about how the walk makes you feel so much better..

The juice we have for brunch is always the same. I juice a couple of apples, pears and oranges, then put it all in a blender. I add a 2 or 3 bananas and then fill the rest of the blender with frozen fruit. The apples and pears are easily replaced with whatever, but I always put the oranges in with a bit of peal.The frozen fruit is nice to change up, strawberries, mixed fruit, mixed berries or blueberries. If I am not busy munching at Costco, I can find a good selection of frozen fruit. The smoothy is for 2 and keeps us going until supper. On a juice fast or not, it is really good.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/27/2012 7:58AM

    Cheers to having more energy and "Try it, You'll Like it!" !!!

-M

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TRISTAROSE 6/26/2012 4:29PM

    I too love my early morning walks .... I l leave home around 5:30 AM cause it seems at that time of day the bugs are still sleeping but everything else is waking up! So peaceful .....

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4_MY_LIFE 6/26/2012 4:21PM

    I love my early morning walks. I feel so much more energized when I get them. I have to be finished by 8 am or it gets too hot.

Have a wonderful day! Enjoy your walk tomorrow :)

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NONNAJEANIE 6/26/2012 11:50AM

    I need to go to bed earlier so waking up early is more likely! I do love the freshness of the world in the early a.m. Thanks for the reminder!

Happy Day!

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DABLUECAT 6/26/2012 10:55AM

    emoticon Great idea!

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