The ease of exercising with arthritis
For this, it's essential that you have a lot of arthritis everywhere. It will not help much unless your body is a total wreck to begin with. I'm in luck. Mine is. My only gripe is that cardio-vascular is out of the question as, despite mild asthma, none of my limbs will support me long enough for it to feature. But I'm still shielding and our bungalow doesn't have any hilly bits. So..........
- Loosening up. Get up, shower all the accessible bits with sort of long-handled mop, dry, dress (doing what my beloved calls my 'dead tortoise act' to get trousers on), heave and curse for 10 minutes on sock aid, bend and twist with stick to get shoes on and fastened, hook top of top (still with me?) over stick and lasso my head. get breakfast (fruit, yoghurt, toast and meds with large cuppa) and sink into dining chair.
- Deep breathing with frequent gasps. Phone chat with friend. Dissolve into fits of laughter.
- Fingers, lower arm and jaw workout. Brush teeth. Remove top of toothpaste tube. Pick up electric toothbrush. Balance tube on side of washbasin with one hand and lean gently on it with hand bearing toothbrush. Put down toothbrush, replace cap on tube, put down tube, switch on tap. Get toothpaste onto teeth then switch on brush. (Can't operate switch while brush in mouth.) Think of day ahead while brushing.
- Full body workout (a)Pull bedclothes back to air it, pick up heavy, wet towels, descend six steps and hang on line to dry. Back up steps. (b)Heave full laundry bag into kitchen and feed washing machine. Bend, shove, stretch, bend, shove, curse, stretch. About 8 repetitions then fetch grabber stick to retrieve all that fell onto floor. Shove in with stick and stern warning. (c)Carefully lower huge box of laundry powder (Why do I do this to myself?) from shelf to (fortunately relatively flat) chest to top of washer. Aaaand breathe. Measure some in. Equally carefully, manoeuvre box to edge of washer, grab underneath of corner with one hand and opposite side of box with other. Heave up to shelf while begging it “Please!” Switch on washer.
- Hand therapy. Move to sink. Put away all that's currently piled high on drainer and start a new lot. Yes, good for hands though legs now starting to sag.
- More full body stuff. Get lightweight, rechargeable vac. Take it round most of house. Laminate so easy though operating arm would dispute this and legs now sagging further.
- Brain exercises. Brew up in order to sit at computer and exercise brain cell instead. Work on what, during lockdown, has now become 'secretarial stuff' for church (Don't DARE ask me if I'm 'managing to keep busy'!) until I run out of expletives to direct at computer.
- Back to full body workout. Get washing out of washer. Hang on line. Six steps down and six back. About 5 repetitions because I can only drape about three things at a time over left arm and need right one to hang onto grab rail / railing.
Don't you really pity those poor, healthy creatures who require regular challenges in their lives? We have it made. Every day's a challenge. And it's not yet lunch time 😁
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