Arthritis Joint Pain – Opportunity to stay loose, loose stubborn belly fat and find new friends

Arthritis Joint Pain can be your curse or your wake up call and a blessing. Guess who gets to choose? Three letter word —  sounds like Casper the ghost’s favorite word …

What causes arthritis joint pain in the first place? For most it is simply a side affect of aging, a result of lifetime wear and tear. The most common form, osteoarthritis, shows up as joint inflammation and swelling, joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. In case you think these are good reasons to be a couch potato, think again.

Move it or loose it Joint lubrication and flexibility.
My dentist once told me to “only floss the teeth” I wanted to keep. Isn’t that a horrifying image? I’ve been a flossing daily ever since. Same thing goes for “only moving the muscles, bones and joints” you think you’d like to use.

Walking specialist Mary Anne Dunkin puts it another way, “walking strengthens muscles, which helps shift pressure from joints and reduce pain. And repeated walking Continue reading

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Take Care of Your Body

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
-Jim Rohn

I love that quote! Says it all, doesn’t it?

This week my goal is to up my exercise. That is one area where I have been a-laggin. The specific goal is to have 3 gym sessions – a combo of flexibility (stretching every morn for ten minutes); aerobic (bicycle machine/treadmill) and strength training (weights). Last week I did the walk through with a trainer so I know what to do with these weights – finally!

So do clipart-exerciseyou have a goal for this week – this month? Is so – GREAT! If not, start something that gets your body moving … the more you move the better you’ll feel physically and mentally. I love the creative ideas that pour through me when I am in the “Zen” of a mindless cardio workout like walking or biking. With everything that is going on around us – now is a good time to be relaxing, rejuvenating and coming up with new ideas …   Have a great day out there!

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Health Quote – Growing older can be …

“Growing older can be a wonderful adventure, so long as you remember that the operative word is ‘growing’ ” -unknown

Yesterday I grew in spite of myself. I didn’t want to go to the gym, but I did. Somehow I ended up in a Qigong/Tai Chi class. I had always wanted to experience Qigong – Years ago I watched one of my best Friends, who could barely move or breathe, use it to come fully back to life. Not to sound cliched but her transformation was like “night to day.”

It was challenging – an adventure. By the end of it my breathing was fuller, my back had stopped aching and I felt full of energy! It gave me a splash of “V” for variety in my exercise routine. I walk a lot which is great BUT I’ve been needing something new and cool.

The gym I just joined also has classes in Jujutsu, Kickboxing, YogaFlex, Partner Yoga (do ya think Michael will go for that?!), Zumba (Latin dance & music) Hip Hop, Fit Fusion, Cycling, Swimming and Saunaing. (I made that last one up …!)

So, I plan to grow and play physically this winter/spring. What about you? What do you do to shake things up?

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