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I agree, Cynthia, we have to move and it can release some of the pain. I had a recumbent bike I purchased from Amazon.com and loved it. Moving and resting is a good pattern. What a good idea to walk up and down the stairs after sitting a while.
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Welcome back Jill.
I'm currently working on re-losing 70 pounds that I regained as a result of prolonged use of cortico steroids. I'd lost that weight three years ago and then regained it over a period of a year.....Kept it on for over a year....and now have relost 26 pounds.
It certainly is a challenge to exercise with RAD. I've found the exercise that bothered me the least is using my recumbent bike. I pop in a movie and pedal away. And in these beautiful sunny summer days beckon me outdoors for walks. I go with my daughter for the company. I have a series of large rocks and tree trunks strewn throughout my path where I sit and catch my breath. By doing this I"m able to walk sometimes for an hour.
The main thing is to DO SOMETHING every day Just get your body moving and keep it moving. I was trying for a while to add motion....Like every time I went to sit down, I would stand and sit three or four times, IN essence doing some squats before becoming seated. The other thing I try to do is every time I get off my recliner, I go up and down the flight of stairs in my home as many times as I can manage. Just take every opportunity to move.
Good luck on your journey. We are here for you if you need ears or virtual hugs.
back Jill. I did the same thing recently. From last June until this May, I continued with Spark but not engaged in it. I gained back 2O pounds. Four weeks ago, I joined the 8 week Spring to Summer Challenge. I am doing much better....tracking food, drinking water, watching fiber and sodium. I also reconnected with spark friends. This was all done in baby steps. I am experiencing RA flares that make walking the dog and line dancing uncomfortable and at times down right painful. Once I prepare myself with meds, vaseline on my feet, maybe some compression, and good shoes....I go. Today, I used the 10 minute rule to do some much needed house cleaning......cleaned 10 min. and rested at least 20 min. I know there also some good Spark videos I could use. Hugs, Laurel
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Jill! I came back to SP after leaving for a while too...we know this works...it is more difficult to exercise and I like BKWERM's idea...think I'll implement that one myself.
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I'm sorry to hear you're hurting. Are you on any meds that are helping?
The best kind of fat burning exercise for people with RAD are things like swimming, water aerobics, walking, elliptical and recumbent bike.
Personally, I exercise by the 10 minute rule (or 15 depending on the day). If the pain increases after 10 minutes, I stop exercising. If it stays the same (manageable) or eases, I continue. That said, you should probably start back to exercise with baby steps. Maybe do 5 minutes a day for the first week, 10 minutes a day for the second week, etc.
Let us know how it goes.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
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Welcome back! I hope things go well for your here. It's a wonderful and motivating place!
If you have insurance you can see a nutritionist. Just a thought. I found out my insurance will pay for one since my A1C is pre-diabetic. I'm relieved. Now I can get some professional help. I'm having a hard time losing, because I can't physically do full impact aerobics. Most people don't have extra problems.
We can do it! I know I'm going to eventually meet my goal. If I can, you can. Just stay on this site and work it the best you can.
If you want a buddy, just message me. I could use a buddy to be there for me, too!
Have a wonderful day!
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Hello everyone! I haven't been on a quite a while. Lost 55lbs using spark and gained 20 back ugh. Here I am hoping for the motivation needed to restart this. Rheumatoid arthritis sucks and my body just hasn't felt close to the same since I've been diagnosed. It hurts to workout but it must be done. How does everyone cope with it, any tips on exercising that doesn't make you hurt even more?
Edited by: JILLBRYA at: 5/30/2013 (08:47)