If you can walk you can do your elliptical--as long as you take care, set your own (slow) pace, and time yourself so you don't overdo...
Some things that are easier--check out the YMCA, they usually have an indoor pool and will prorate the costs to suit your budget. Try some water aerobics. Even just walking in the water will help. The buoyancy takes stress off your joints, and at the same time offers some mild resistance to help rebuild muscle.
Stretching helps too--things like Tai chi or yoga are helpful for some. Heat and/or ice are helpful for some to deal with flare-ups...
These things won't necessarily make you pain free... but it will help you build and maintain physical stability and stamina.
A few things to remember:
START SLOW, INCREASE SLOW! Taking your time is important. You don't take just one week to train for a marathon, and this is the marathon of your life!
DON'T OVERDO! Timing is everything. Personally, I get involved in what I'm doing and end up doing too much--so now I set a timer. For everything! LOL
DON'T STOP! It's perfectly kosher to back off a bit--BUT--No matter how much you're hurting, even in a flare-up, you can't quit or you'll end up making your pain worse. Yep. Lack of movement increases the level of discomfort. Let me repeat that so I MYSELF remember lol--LACK OF MOVEMENT INCREASES YOUR PAIN!... don't let that happen!
PARTICIPATE IN TEAM DISCUSSIONS! You're not alone in this any more. The people here are great listeners, and have wonderful ideas and big hearts. You don't have to worry about not being understood, because even though it's different for all of us, we've been where you are in one way or another... we stick it out, and we help one another--
--and you're part of that now!
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called t
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