I was healthy and fit most of my life, but diagnosed with RA at 30. I worked out, lots of exercise and pretty healthy eating till I injured my knee at 56, found I had osteoarthritis. I was out hiking and damaged my knee. Had operation, then another, then the other knee went.
The other parts of my body were in constant pain. I became disabled, obese and for 14 years, could hardly get around. I then lost 200 lbs, for the doctor told me I was killing myself and would be dead in two years. I had my knees replaced and now get around very well.
When I started exercising at 335 lbs , I had to lay on the bed and use a resistance band to help lift my leg. I had no strength. It was slow and sometimes painful, but I knew I had to do it. I walked with a walker, sometimes sitting down in the seat to rest.
One has to cut calories, to lose weight, and do some form of exercise. Check out chair exercises. The rubber resistance bands were a my best exercise equipment for me. I still use them today.
You should practice stretching every morning and evening too. Have to keep the body limber. I still suffer from RA and osteoarthritis , many morning I feel the pain, I am stiff, but I stretch, limber up, go for a walk and hit the gym for water aerobics. There is nothing probably better for achy joints than to work out in water. But if you can't , then do something else. If only 10 minutes a day. Then work up to 15, then 20. You should manage 30 minutes. It will make a big difference in how you feel.
I am training for a 1/2 marathon next month. I am going to be 71 in December. It's never to late to change your life for the better.
- 9/25/2012 6:18:59 PM