As you know if you’ve read my last couple of posts, I’ve finally started resistance weight training. I say “finally” because it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long, long time.
I’m almost afraid to say it for fear of jinxing myself, but this daily hour of sustained exercise is having an effect on my RA and hip bursitis. I’ll whisper: my pain level for both has dropped way, way down there in the last couple of days. One or two on the scale of zero-to-10 down there. And not only that. The hip bursitis pain that has dogged me so furiously and continuously over the last year and a half only bothers me at that low level for a few minutes each day, usually in the evenings.
I realize that it’s long been known that appropriate exercise can help in the day-to-day management of rheumatoid arthritis pain. I just never had that result, until now. Perhaps I was doing the wrong sort of exercise. Perhaps I wasn’t doing enough. But here’s the surprise: The exercise I’m getting now is working for me–and I can’t describe to you how relieved and pleased it makes me.
Because using a gym and the resistance machines costs money, and my finances are stretched nearly to their limits, I’ve been looking for good ways to exercise at home should I be unable to afford the gym in the days ahead. Today I ran across the Rheumatoid Arthritis link on WebMD. While I was perusing it, I clicked the link to RA exercise–and found this excellent slideshow.
All the exercises shown in the slideshow are gentle and can contribute greatly to muscle strength and flexibility. I don’t know about you, but even before I had RA my body was decidedly non-limber. Since I’ve had RA, it’s even more tight and un-flexible. One of the benefits I’ve already noticed from my gym workouts is a less stiffness upon moving after sitting down for a while. And this morning, after a good seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, I got out of bed and walked–not stumped, gimped or shuffled–out of my bedroom and down the stairs for that first, lovely cup of coffee.
I know from experience that no-one can make us exercise. It’s something we have to decide for ourselves to do. Nevertheless, I encourage you to give it a try. If going to a gym is out of the question, perhaps the exercises shown in the WebMD RA link can work for you.
I’m adding them to my daily routine, starting tonight. My willpower is strongest in the morning, so that’s when I go to the gym. But I’ve found myself wanting to do something in the evening, too. Something that I can do at home that doesn’t require special equipment and that won’t necessarily wear me out, just increases my overall strength and flexibility. These exercises are perfect for that.
Here’s wishing you all a restful and happy weekend.