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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Getting Motivated to EXCERCISE

When your joints ache and your body's fatigueed,the lure of a comfortable couch can be strong. But suprisingly, one of the best antidotes to pain and fatigue is to get up and going.Regular excercise provides many benefits..including less arthritis pain and more energy to do the things that are important to you.
Yet,knowing exercise is good for you and actually doing it are two different things; it can be hard to get going when your schedule's jammed and your joints are begging for a little R & R. So how do you get yourself going and keep yourself motivated? Give the following a try:
1- Start off small..Rome wasn't built in a day.
2- Break it up ..Even 3 ten minute sessions a day are worth it!
3-Mix it up..If you are bored by the same thing day after day for example, walk to a different neighborhood or go to the park.
Stick with what you like..If you enjoy it .do it!
4- Be flexable- Adjust to accommodate your arthritis. Avoid an all or nothing approach.
5- Don't go it alone - Walk with a friend..Make it fun.
6- Soothe yourself - Take time to warm up or stretch.
7- Reward yourself..When you have reached a milestone reward yourself with a movie or something you enjoy.
8 - Keep you eye on the prize..You have to set goals to cross the finish line. Always set goals for yourself.
Above all be kind to yourself. Not critical and the healthier you become the less pain you will feel and the happier you will be with "just being you".


  1. I love walking in the country or in the streets. I usually walk an hour a day. I know that is a good thing for me and I know that I shoud do other kind of exercises but... I have no time, so walking is enough for me :)

    Take care.

  2. Mari,
    I think an hour a day walking is excellent. I think walking and swimming are some of the best low impact excerises.
    Yes :) time time time ..we can always use more ..
    best regards,