I have arthritis is my joints and, believe it or not, walking is my main form of exercise. I have found that, over time, as the weight came off and the stress lessened on my knees and ankles, the walking became easier.
At first they were brief (10-15 minute walks) but it beat sitting on my couch. I also discovered, first here at Spark, and then on YouTube a series of low impact and chair exercises that I could do that did not add to my pain.
It’s not an all or nothing proposition. Do what you can now until you can do better. I was 62 when I started and I am 65 now and in better shape than I was in my 50’s.
Just take it one day at a time. You CAN do this.
Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”
If you have arthritis, it may be beneficial to work with a physical therapist to develop a plan that can get you moving again.
Did you know that nutrition is the bigger piece in healthy living? You maybe can't move the way you want to right now but you CAN improve what your putting into your mouth.
If you aren't tracking your nutrition, I encourage you to start. Track for 2 to 3 weeks and see where you're at. Are you getting in enough water? Enough servings of fruits and vegetables? Healthy fats? Lean protein?
From there you can step baby step goals. For example, maybe you're only eating 3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily. A good goal is 5 to 9 servings daily. You could work ways to increase your consumption into what you are already doing or as a replacement. Instead of eating a donut, grab a serving of pineapple or an apple.
Start with whatever your doctor has cleared you to do. I have arthritis in both knees... walking and spinning are my go-tos.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
I've been heavy most of my life and was "fit fat" for most of it. I could start exercising without major "consequences" aka aches and pains that didn't feel good because I earned it. Well, after several years of not exercises, mostly due to not having the energy (medical issues), I'm completely out of shape and feel every day of the 50+ years I've been on this earth. I, also, have arthritis in my knees so my usual "go to." walking, isn't going to work, this time. Where should I start?