Monday, February 7, 2011

No Pain No Gain

You all know I go to the Y on a regular basis.  My original intentions, when I decided to join, were to use the pool in an attempt to soothe my arthritis.  However (there always seems to be a however), after you become a member of the Y, they automatically give you an orientation.  That includes a tour of the facilities and detailed instructions on how to use the various equipment to avoid injury.

I remember my first day there.  I was a nervous wreck.  You see, after injuring my back years ago and going for PT, I was released with specific instructions not to lift anything over 1 1/2lbs.  It was awful!  Well that meant that I couldn't even lift a gallon of milk unless I used two hands and held it against my body for additional support, which really, when you think about it, was pathetic.

Somehow I made it through orientation insisting to the trainer, who is now one of my best friends by the way, that I could not do half of the resistance of machines.  She pushed me to at least try.  So I did.  Now after working out on a pretty consistent basis, I feel the best I've felt in years.  I have lost inches, gained muscle and of course, strength.  I still haven't been in the pool though.  Why?  I found out that by building muscle around the arthritic joints, the pressure is taken away from those joints. YEAH!!!  Furthermore, I stopped taking my arthritis medication right after I joined because I also discovered that the increased blood flow really helped alleviate the pain.


So, in addition to personal satisfaction about improving my overall health, what is my reward?  I decided to treat myself to a pair of new sneakers.  These, which were recommended by my friend, neighbor, blogging guru Lisa, will help me continue to do my thirty minute cardio workouts at the gym.  Now if I can stand getting them dirty, I might use them for walking the gravel road.  No, scratch that thought.  I think I stick to my hiking boots.  After all, they're already dirty!



12 comments:

thesedaysofmine.com said...

That is wonderful that the "Y" has helped you ease your arthritis pain! Good for you! I'm heading out for my 30 minutes walk. No gravel path for me - just the streets of our neighborhood! Have a great day!

Dianna
www.thesedaysofmine.com

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So happy to have crossed paths with your blog. Reading through here has been delightful. Your shoes I see are ASICS. I always loved that the name translated to a sound mind sound body (can't remember the words exactly).

Make it a great day! Tanna

Nancy said...

I really want to try to get back to jogging this spring. I miss it terribly.

You are an inspiration, JP. You go girl!

texwisgirl said...

Wonderful! Nice to hear when good things happen to good people!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Whoa, are those the magnificent Asics Gel Nimbus? ;-)

You should see mine after a couple of months of use. I get them DIRTY. So don't feel bad if you do decide to wear them on the road :-)

gld said...

Interesting to hear the theory of exercise and arthritis. I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica and am now off prednisone...some pain is returning, but in the muscle of my arm, not the joint which is curious.

I agree with Lisa Two Bears....wear those shoes!

Chatty Crone said...

So you are in a win win situation there - you must feel pretty good and be in great shape!

sandie

Canyon Girl said...

That's so great, good for you. Thanks for the arthritis info too. I'm working with my hand as much as I can and it has gotten so much better.--Inger

Donna said...

You GO Girl!!! So proud of you!! Gotta try some of that myself...thanks for the inspiration!!

Angela said...

That's great news for you JP! I'm glad that you can now lift a gallon of milk too! That would make things rough not being able to lift anything over a pound! Glad to hear that you don't have to take the medicine too! Incredible!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

forestwalk/laura k said...

wow JP!! you're good!!

every morning...as i crawl out of bed...aching...popping...trying to stand straight...i tell myself, i have got to start working out!! then as the day goes on...the popping subsides...the aching not so bad...and i talk myself out of it!!
it's tough to get into that routine. even though you got started because of your back injury...it's good that you've stuck to it...and reap the benefits of exercise!! yeah! keep sweating!! :]

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Thanks for the motivation.

What gets me is that my 'new' pant size makes me pine for my former size, which I previously thought was an all-time high. Over 40 is so not for sissies - or women who want to wear their old pants.

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