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5/18/14 4:32 P

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Yoga can be really good on stiff days, especially first thing in the morning to wake up the joints and get some flexibility involved. Finding routines without a lot of on the wrist poses is best for me.

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5/4/14 6:43 A

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I am going to have to check out the seated Zumba! I have a video from the arthritis foundation that has seated and non-seated range of motion exercises that I do on the bad days. I try to walk or ride a stationary bike as often as possible. I am also enjoying walking outside now that the weather is better. I find it easier to enjoy as I am looking at the trees and flowers, that I don't even pay attention to the time or my RA.

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Hey!

I find getting into a cool bath and then warm bath helps me a lot! The coolness helps me with the pain and the warmth helps limber me up and promotes circulation. Circulation if vital if one wants to get and feel better. Sometimes I use Epson Salts which is magnesium. The magnesium helps to relax the muscles and joints. Then I lay down in my bed and listen to some uplifting and or soothing music for around twenty minutes. This sets the stage for the day. I can then do some slow walking. If the weather is nice I walk outsiide, If it's not I walk all around the house. I pretend I am going hiking sometimes. Lol. There's nothing like a little imagination to make yourself believe your are somewhere else that you want to be. I sometimes put music on and sing. After walking for around twenty minutes. I can sit and do some sitting exercises. There are many videos on SparkPeople where you can exercise in a chair without arms. I do it slowly to music when I'm not feeling well. Then it's time for a snack and a drink and a pat on the back! Lol. I did this for years before SparkPeople. I didn't loose weight, but I sure did limber up and feel much better. Getting yourself moving is the key. Laying around in bed is the worst possible thing you can do for aches and pains. ETA: I forgot to say. I have used braces when necessary. If you don't have any braces, see your doctor and physical therapist. It can be very helpful to move with the assistance of braces. I have a knee brace and an elbow brace. My daughter has a wrist brace. There are neck braces and back braces. There's braces for everything. Check it out with your doc and Physical Therapist. You'll find there's something for every function.

I hope my routine helps! Stay motivated and never give up! You're going to feel better. I promise!

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6/15/13 5:58 P

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I am really enjoying the seated zumba videos on youtube. I have made myself a playlist of five videos. Most days, I do four out of the five. I know it's working because my arms are sore today!

Once I have my hip replacement surgery, I hope to be able to increase my calories burned per workout. Wearing a heart rate monitor gives me an accurate reading. It's fun to see just how many calories I have burned. I was able to exceed my weekly goal this week. A huge accomplishment for me!

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6/11/13 1:14 P

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Recently, I put arthritis inserts in my walking shoes. It helps. Laurel

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6/10/13 6:54 P

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On the days when I feel really bad I tend to just do stretching and range of motion exercises...then the days when I don't feel quite so bad I try to walk or ride my exercise bike...and I'm still working at a job where I do quite a bit of walking...as exhausted as I am at the end of the day, I still know it's helping me a little to stay active.

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6/7/13 7:54 P

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Cyndi,

Thank you for your very sweet and motivational remarks. You know, sometimes that's all it takes - just to know someone knows and cares! And you're absolutely right! Last Fall, I was doing 10 minutes at a time (2 or 3 times a day) of various movement - gazelle, bike, walking back and forth on my deck and/or porch (100 feet long) - and it really made a difference. It was not the Olympics, but it DID make a difference!

Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to start slow like you said, and get moving again!!

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6/6/13 10:47 P

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Tiny start small... just 5 minutes of anything will get you started... stretching or walking or just moving your arms a bit will help. Believe me. When I was first diagnosed I went into the emergency room in a wheel chair. Now I'm walking a 5K+ most days. I started with 10 minutes of walking in circles (around my living room so I could sit if needed and not fall down). You can do this. Just make it gentle and start slow.

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6/3/13 3:28 P

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I took our dog for a little walk this morning, hobbling along....sore right foot, left knee and right hand. I put on a knee brace and on to line dance for 1 1/2 hours. If I knew the dance, I would sit out the walk through. Slowly, made it through. Now at home, I am seeing all the places in need of cleaning.....rest and then we'll see.

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5/24/13 9:13 P

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Kit, You have the right idea! If only I could make myself do ANY exercise, I know I would feel better. I'm just such a chicken because I don't want it to hurt more than it already does!

You go, Girl!

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5/21/13 9:26 P

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emoticon Kit! You're doing it is the main part and I know that we pay for it the next day, but it sure is alot better to do it than rather we didn't. For me, I was the rather I didn't and then just hurt more and more every day! emoticon for the inspiration!

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5/21/13 7:10 P

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I took somebody's advice (thank you, whoever you are) and did 10 minutes of stretches before I got out of bed this morning. Sheesh...I used to be so flexible...not any more! Then I did a lot of walking at work today (mmm...yeah...some hip, knee, and foot pain for my efforts). Tonight I've done some core exercises on my stability ball and using a kettlebell (maybe not the best idea for my shoulders...we'll see how they react tomorrow), and more flexibility exercises. I feel...okay...not great, but not terrible either...I think that's a victory for the day.

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Yesterday i did a five minute ab blaster on the ball Spark Video. Today I did a five minute butt firming video but it KILLED my shoulders.....so between every exercise I was collapsing and waving my arms all around trying to get the kinks out of them. We get through it one way or another....we modify, shorten, rest, and shortcut our way through our workouts...but we get em done one way or another.


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5/20/13 11:18 A

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The way I look at it, is that if you are getting any type of movement in, it is a good thing! I love to walk, but it is not always possible. I like yoga, and try to do this at least once a week. I think everyone on in this group is an inspiration! We move, we try, we thrive.

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I manage to use my treadmill a few times a week. I always laugh when I watch the Biggest Loser and see those coaches yelling at the folks about holding on. With my balance problems, if I didn't hold on, i'd end up on the floor. I also use my recumbant bike but it gives my hip some problems so I kind of have to play it by ear. Years ago I did tai chi...I'd like to get back to that.

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I'm just like Cynthia, I love my recumbent bike. And for me too, it's the only pc. of equipment that I can do pretty much pain-free. I've tried the leslie Sansone, and I'm sad to say that I can't do all that she does because of the side to side and the marching. Doesn't work with my feet and my knees and balance overall, right now. Hopefully in the future with hopefully this Humira starting to work.

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3/23/13 9:55 P

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You all are great. My hubby put batteries in my Wii Fit - Yoga ------So far - so good. Thank you all for your great ideas and support.

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3/21/13 7:29 P

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Bev, Congratulations for doing something, even something small. Small things build into success which build into larger successes. Focusing on what you can do always helps.

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I echo the plug for Leslie Sansone. She's as annoying as all get out but her workouts are great and they are easy peasy to adapt when you are tired or hurting. The other thing that has been a life saver for me is my recumbent bike. Its the only piece of exercise equipment that I've religiously used and it is marvelous. NOthing hurts much when I use it and I can work up a good sweat and get my pulse into the aerobic zone.

Water exercise sounds great but Its not accessible where I live. I don't tihnk it's so important what you do, just that you DO something. And do it regularly. Three years ago Istarted walking. When I started I could only make it to the foot of our driveway. EVeryday I went back out and each day walked a little further...until I was power walking 4 miles on steep elevations. You can do it. Just build up gradually. PUt one baby foot in front of the other. :)



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3/21/13 5:01 P

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Thank you everyone for the great suggestions. Sometimes it is so frustrating! I tried some chair excersises this morning.

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water exercise is the best for aching folk, bar none. when I hurt and can't get to a pool, I fall back on chair exercise, which keeps me mobile without increasing damage. the CHAIR EXERCISE team on Spark has a website full of youtube exercise videos you can access for free - just go to the team home site and click on their logo. I am on Enbrel, also immuno suppressed, but I still go to our small town clinic several times a week to use the elliptical trainer. It was very difficult at first, but using it regularly has helped me reclaim my own normals in several ways, so I think it well worth the risk. Sterilizing wipes are available there, which can be used before exercising and after, and I go at low use times, when most users are at work. Exercising regularly is more important than what you do. Spark has good suggestions. Find several you can do and rotate them as you are able. God Bless!

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Do what you can,when you can...start slow & find something you enjoy. I've found that if I don't
keep moving-I can't,but when I'm in a flare,if it's possible-I rest. You might find it much easier to
do water exercise-if that is available-takes the pressure off the joints.Whatever you decide-good
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I am in transition between drugs myself right now. Despite what it feels like light exercise really helps me keep the flares under control. The trick for me is two-fold. First I just have to start. The second part is to use a lower intensity to the workout. I use Leslie Sansone's walking dvd's. Part of what I like about them is that it isn't just marching in place but doing other easy steps like stepping side to side, kicking or knee lifts that help stretch out sore aggravated muscles. The moves are easily adaptable to what you can comfortably do and there is a range of dvds with varying lengths of time to reach the goal of 1 mile "walked".

Good luck!

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Years ago I started very slowly with just walking at a snails pace - now when I'm having a really bad time with pain I just rest for a few days Every person is different but the suggestion of chair exercise is a great one

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Chair exercise has been wonderful for me. When I first started it really was more wiggle in my lift chair to music on my Youtube. I did it 10 minutes to start and was exhausted by Thursday. I take Sunday off. Now I can do an hour of exercise and part is up dancing to the music. When I started SP I tried to push my wheelchair outside but kept pulling a muscle so I started chair exercise. This has changed my life. I just had my 2 year anniversary and wrote a blog you might be encouraged by. As I call it recapturing my normals has been something I never even dared dream. Just getting dressed and in the car back then was more than I could do..forget getting to a gym. emoticon baby step by baby step emoticon

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Have RA and had to come off Remicade - with stiffness and fatigue on a daily basis how do you exercise without hurting? How do keep moving? I thought of the gym but Doc says no to that because of low immune system and possibility of MRSA.

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