Monday, November 18, 2013
Watermellen was talking today about multiple things, but one, in particular caught my attention. She mentioned that she's been using machines at her gym to do strength training because of her increasingly arthritic hands.
I don't think I've heard anyone else talk about the difficulty of doing workouts with arthritic hands. I've got arthritic thumbs that make gripping, or even holding without pressure difficult, but I also only have dumbbells, resistance bands and body weight exercises available to me.
My upper body strength training has been non-existent since summer since, as I go up in dumbbell weight, the circumference of the central shaft increases which, in turn, causes pain to the lower two joints of my thumbs. I need to do better, but I feel pretty inept about designing an appropriate workout that won't cause more problems than it helps.
Today I stubbed my toe going up the stairs and fell, scraping my left forearm and pounding the base of my right hand into the edge of another stair. I'm OK, but holding a pen to write is painful even with Advil in my system. I wonder how long this will take to feel better?
On the plus side... this year I kept my head off the stairs when I fell. Last year I broke my glasses, cut my face and moved subcutaneous tissue around as well as getting 2 black eyes. My husband wouldn't go much of anywhere with me because everyone who didn't know us gave him evil looks. (He picked me up! He DIDN'T push me! Lol.)
Do you have arthritis in the hands? If so, what strength training exercises do you do to minimize the pain?