When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a major health problem affecting an estimated 21 million adults in the United States alone. Osteoarthritis begins with the breakdown of joint cartilage which results in pain, stiffness, swelling a... Read more
Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the t... Read more
Walking comes naturally to humans. It’s one of the earliest skills we develop, long before we learn how to talk (or invent excuses to avoid walking). And given good, basic health, it’s something you can do throughout your life without wor... Read more
You don’t want to complain, but lately you have felt a little tingling or numbness in your hand and wrist. Sometimes, the pain is sharp. Other times it seems to travel from your wrist up through your arm. You try to shake it off but it just won... Read more
I have been trying to get back in the habit of walking every day. A few years ago, I was capable of walking a 5K, but now, I can barely walk half a mile before my legs hurt so bad I can barely walk.
The pain goes down the outside of my lower le... Read more
I really love the times I wake up to a new pain (sarcasm sign). Today, it's mid-back on the right & it is killing me! Who knows what I did?! Gonna power through. I listened & took a gentle stretch, heated & iced & ibuprofened up. Now to the day!... Read more
Feeling stressed. My mom fell and broke both ankles in multiple places. She is in surgery now. It's going to be a long recovery. But I didn't emotionally eat, I exercised. So that was a positive.... Read more
Hi sparkpeeps! I woke up with two aching ankles this morning from my walks, so I guess I'll take it easy today-grrrr! oh well I guess we all have to listen to our bodies! What's your body saying to you today?... Read more
Always, always, ALWAYS make sure you do a good warm-up before starting any exercise.I've followed that advice for 53+ years & the only injury I ever had was a jammed ankle when sliding into 2nd base.Two months ago I didn't follow my own advice & star... Read more
1.Extend toothbrush life. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use; they'll last longer.2.Clean teeth. Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda -- dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual. You can also use the same mix di... Read more
We will not let disease destroy all that is us! Pain/illness isolates but together we can meet goals of health and wellness despite complex physical/mental challenges, fears, and limitations.... Read more
It is normal for your feet to swell a little bit during exercise--enough to make a difference of about one shoe size, but some people may experience even more swelling than that. Others also experience noticeable hand swelling while running or walkin... Read more
Over the past 30-35 years there has been a huge revolution in the world of athletic footwear. There are literally hundreds of shoes on the market today for every sport one can think of. But, it is very important to wear the proper shoe for the activ... Read more
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