Posts tagged ‘mobility’

July 24, 2017

#528 – What to Do at the Beach When You Have RA #1


You know I’m going to say it, don’t you? The most obvious thing, for me, and hopefully for you, too, is to swim.

If you haven’t started swimming, I enthusiastically encourage you to start. Swimming is an excellent, comprehensive form of exercise, regardless of whether you have RA or not!

When I first began swimming in earnest at the age of 14, by enrolling in a competitive swim club, little did I know that this would be the one exercise that has carried me through the decades of flares, surgeries and pain.

When you are so sore and stiff and feel less than fluid in your movements, the weightless you experience in the water gives you back that all-important sensation of mobility. If your reason for not going in the water is because you are cold, pick up the pace and focus on the exercises and movements, as opposed to how cold you feel. You’ll soon warm up. Dependent upon your degree of comfort and skills in the water, you can work on endurance, flexibility, mobility, range of motion and strength. Don’t forget to simply float at the end and rejoice in that feeling of letting-go.

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November 21, 2012

#367 – Sail Correction

Windsurfing on Boulevard Lake.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sailing or wind-surfing, you’ll know that part of the knowledge base you need to acquire is how to correct the sails to get you where you want to go.

Similarly with rheumatoid arthritis, only you’re correcting your sails to manage your disease – the medication, your appointments, your mobility, exercise, energy, the amount of sleep/rest you need, and my own personal favourite, your stress. Which, by the way, helps you better manage everything else.

September 14, 2012

#361 – The New Vehicle Checklist

Image courtesy of William Byrd.

It’s time. Your vehicle is sp-sp-sputtering along, or you would simply like a newer model, or one that is better-suited to your level of mobility.

Consider creating a Wish List for all the features that you would like in your new or newish vehicle.

When it was time to make that big purchase, my New Vehicle Checklist was with me as I made the rounds of  the dealerships.

It served two purposes:

  1. By having a very specific set of requirements, the high-pressured sales tactics seemed to become a non-issue.
  2. If I needed and/or wanted help, the list made it easier for the sales person to answer my question and provide me with the best options possible.

I do suggest that you do your homework. Whenever I saw a vehicle that I liked, I would ask the driver some specific questions about how they liked it. Most people were more than happy to answer my questions.

As a result, the vehicle I purchased, which is not a Porsche, but which I euphemistically call my Porsche, pretty much exceeds all my expectations. 🙂

That’s a deal that you can drive home, shopping, to the park, or wherever you wish to go.

I have discussed many of the features in my New Vehicle Checklist in separate blog posts. You’ll find them under the category of “In the Car”.


October 23, 2011

“How Can We …?” People

One of the banes of rheumatoid arthritis is that you are forced to do things differently because of the havoc the disease wreaks on your mobility. It may mean modifying certain activities or tools; in other words, finding creative ways to use the things you do have – including body parts!

I am fortunate to have several friends who are quick to ask, “How can we …?” whenever they hear of a struggle I’m having with trying to adapt something to work with my physical conditions.  They look for reasons how it can work, rather than why it can’t. This let’s-figure-this-out-and-make-it-work attitude is refreshing and motivating for me.

A big heaping helping of appreciation for you, my “team” members – the “How Can We…?” people!

Did you know that when you activate genuine feelings of appreciation with heart based techniques, your heart rhythms smoothen out? This is a powerful stress undresser – one that is beneficial for everyone!

Image courtesy of Cecile Graat.

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