Posts tagged ‘movement’

August 17, 2017

#531 – What to Do at the Beach When You Have RA #3


I’d heard about it, but until this summer, never had the opportunity to play Ladder Golf. It’s an easy, fun way to build some movement in those lazy, hazy days of summer.

The game is simple and gentle enough that it can be played with arthritic joints. In the photo, you can see me toss the red bolas (2 golf balls attached to either end of a rope), towards the ladder at the other end of our playing area.

If you’re game to play, I’m ready.

For the rules, check out Ladder Golf.

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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February 27, 2013

#412 – Nia

Which exercise form begins the class with a focus, is done to really cool music, and incorporates movements from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais?


The first time I ever went to a class, Judy Cashmore, instructor extraordinaire, asked us to focus on the joints. “Imagine your joints opening up,” she said. Now, isn’t that a great thing for those of us with joint pain to do?

What struck me about this class besides the music, is that people of all ages and abilities were partaking. If need be, it can even be done while seated in a chair. The movements aren’t repetitive, nor do you feel like you have to have a body built for spandex.

Most of the participants do their routines in bare feet, but because of the nature of these feet of mine, I was able to wear clean running shoes and do what I could. It’s wonderful to be in a class that is so accepting of one’s abilities, and also one that is so inviting and encouraging.

Here’s what a class looks like:

Remember, you do what you can do.

If it’s something you’d like to try, please check with your healthcare practitioner. Click here to find a Nia class.

You still have time to enter my giveaway for a leather wristlet, courtesy of Danier. This one is open to people with a Canadian mailing address. If your name is drawn, will you choose one in this bright colour? 🙂

January 23, 2013

#377 – It’s in your head, your muscles, your…

When you are accustomed to chronic pain, when bending a wrist, taking a step, or trying to get up hurts, you can become reluctant to move. With good reason.

However, it is important to become mindful of your default switch for movement. You may have conditioned yourself to automatically say, “No, I can’t …” before you’ve even imagined “Yes, I can …”. Become a scientist, get curious about how you do things. Recognize your limitations, and more importantly, savour, stretch and strengthen your abilities.

Athletes who work with sports psychologists have had great success in using the power of the mind to improve their skills.

Those of us who have rheumatoid arthritis may not be in the Olympics, but if there were medals being handed out for effort, for perseverance, for energy expended to do things that most people find ordinary, then we would certainly be on the podium.

So, along with those range of motion exercises you do, consider adding this to your daily practice:

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