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Make the Holidays Free of Pandemonium and Pain

The yearend holidays are supposed to be a time of merriment, reflection and enjoying the company of family and friends. But for many, the hustle and bustle of the season can be bone-rattling, literally and figuratively. If you battle arthritis, this time of year can be even more stressful and difficult. And that, in turn, can aggravate joint pain. Continue reading Make the Holidays Free of Pandemonium and Pain

Gratitude during the Holidays

Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

Embracing gratitude can make it easier to deal with family drama during the holidays. And it also may help you to manage your arthritis. Research found that thankfulness helps people feel happier and more optimistic, even when things aren’t going well.  It strengthens personal relationships and can also improve physical health. Continue reading Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

Arthritis Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel Can Be a Pain

The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends and spend quality time with family. From parties to special dinners to festive family traditions, this time of year is full of joy and excitement. But if the most important people in your life don’t live nearby, you’ll probably be traveling – and when you live with arthritis, that can often mean pain. Continue reading Holiday Travel Can Be a Pain

arthritis friendly bike riding

Biking is Great For Your Joints

Outdoor or indoor, cycling is one of the most effective workouts for people with arthritis. “The continuous motion that’s part of cycling is very helpful for arthritic joints,” says Joseph Garry, MD, an associate professor in the division of sports medicine at the University of Minnesota.

“The more the joint moves through its full range of motion, the more synovial fluid is produced. This lubricates the joint so you move more easily the rest of the day.” And it’s effective whether you break a sweat or take it easy.

When good weather is calling, then it’s a great time to get started for the first time or back to your regular routine.  If you don’t exercise regularly, start with 10 minutes of cycling at a low resistance, and gradually increase resistance, time and frequency, says Dr. Garry. Your goal should be 20 to 30 minutes of cycling a day.

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