Welcome to the team! Take it slow. At least you are doing something and something is better than nothing. I can't give you any better advice than you already have gotten. Just take it slow and work up to longer periods of time.
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Julia, Thank you for your encouragement and welcome to the Challenged by Arthritis team. I just signed up for SparkCoach. I think your post was the impetus I needed to go ahead with this. It's exciting to have such a personalized approach. Debbie V.
Debbie! This site has helped me in the motivation department. I'm glad you are on the team and wish you the best. I'm looking forward to being part of your journey. I have been on this site for nearly 8 months. I recently started the spark coaching, and I wish I had understood earlier. It has stepped me thru and provided motivational tools. I think you can still get a free trial week. and am confident . Again,
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SBecker - I agree, I need to recover some of my strength to keep my balance and continue my walks. From age 20-50 I was actually quite muscular and worked on my feet. Now with more than a decade of sitting at work and not working out, the majority of that muscle has turned to flab. If you had one strengthening exercise for legs - what would you recommend?
Becky - I used aquatherapy last winter through a local physical therapy clinic which was very successful. It got me back to walking and feeling stronger again. Plus it just felt so darned good. But financial constraints prohibited me from continuing after the first of the year. I'm worried that I will pay out for the YMCA swimming fee only to end up skipping out because I am too tired after work. Swimming (like going to the gym) does have amazing results, but it also requires a lot of motivation which I don't currently have.
Thank you both for caring and taking time to comment, Debbie V.
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Welcome from Minnesota, Debbie! Have you thought of finding a gym with a pool? Often water exercise can help a lot because the water helps take the stress of your joints. You might want to look into that. Good luck on your journey!
Blessed be. Becky
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Welcome, Debbie! I hope you stick with even a short, short walk. I agree that balance can be helped by holding a leash if the dog is well-disciplined. I fell 7 years ago and fractured one ankle while badly spraining the other. I used a cane with purple and pink flowers while I recovered. Balance is a big issue. I also had a walker for a short time.
I believe in using my medical helps, but also want to get stronger so that I can improve. I am on a 6.5 year journey. I can cycling, walk-jog a 5 K, swim laps, do cardio kickboxing, and zumba dancing. Believe me that I worked hard! I must do things in moderation.
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WELCOME to the team.I have seen alot of people walk with walking sticks more and more theses last few years. I have seen them at Canadian Tire stores, Sporting stores Pharmasies, etc. I have always wanted to get one ans I think I will. I have had both Knees totaly replaced and am glad I did. I now have to work on my hips. Doing the chair exercises are great.
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I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.
I like wooden staffs and refuse to pay more then $20 for them You can get cheaper hiking sticks. DH prefers a cane. Mutt was taught to walk by my side, right side so he isn't in the way of the staff. This causes problems when someone else walks him since most dogs are taught to walk on the left. I have a leash that goes across my shoulder so I don't have to hold a leash. They also make leashes that go around your waist, I've never seen one or tried to get one, just heard about them.
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MaryAlice - I'm not sure I can manage a staff and a dog at the same time. Interestingly enough, Heidi pulls just hard enough on the leash that I can pull back and steady myself. But for walks without Heidi - where do you buy a staff? It sounds more exciting than a cane :)
Slotarsk - I really have to force myself to take it slowly. I'm anxious to get underway with SP, I tend to be one of those people who fall away because they do too much too quickly. It would be nice if there was some sort of checklist that I could work with that takes you slowly to the next level.
Nola - I did use chair exercise a year or so ago out of desperation because I could not put weight on one of my knees. Knee pain is the pits. Right now my main issue is the pain/stiffness in my hips which is helped by standing and moving - but that in turn aggravates my knees. Keeping a balance is my challenge - this past year I have made very few attempts to exercise and I see that was a mistake.
Don't give up Debbie. I use a staff when I walk. My right knee is the bad one so I use it on the left. Have a therapist show you the correct way to use one and it will take up to 60% of the weight off your knees. As you get into walking you will see that you are going you are going further and further with each 10 min walk. Most people think I use a staff incase of lose dogs.
As for Disney World, that is a lot of walking and standing. Even if you get your walking up to where you want it a wheel chair might be in order. Don't think about that you don't want to look crippled. Think instead that you will be able to enjoy it longer with less pain making it more enjoyable for you and the rest of your party. I am pretty sure you can rent a wheel chair at Disney World, but know most medical supply stores rent them.
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Your issues sound so much like mine. I used to walk alot and now it is so painful that I want to cry. I have had injections but they no longer help. I do chair exercises and sometimes they do help. I hope that you find some good answers here.
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My name is Debbie and I have arthritis in my hips and knees. I live in the Louisville KY metro area, work as a secretary at IU in New Albany, IN. I'm 62, married (42 years today!) and have one adult daughter still at home. I also have my 88 yr old mom in an assisted living facility nearby. I'm interested in a variety of things, but slowly getting to the point where I avoid things because I hurt.
I just took my first 10 min walk with my dog and I am surprised out how slow I had to go to feel steady. Heidi, our corgi, has also been having trouble with her back legs when getting up so I thought it would be a good thing for me to start my fitness plan with a short walk every morning.
My pain and stiffness has dramatically increased this past year. My job requires that I sit at a computer all day. This is just adding to my arthritis but I can't afford to change jobs at this stage. I plan to retire at 66 (so this is my Final4 years).
We have a vacation planned in November 2013 to Walt Disney World which is so very close to my heart. But I'm worried that I am going to be very limited in what I can do. I'm hoping to find motivation and tips from this team. Thank you, Debbie V.
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