For me, the holidays are a time of slowing down. This is the time of the year when my classes come to stopping point and I have more time at home. The weather gets colder and I feel it is telling me to stay home where it is warm. I have no problem obeying.
I figured out years ago, maybe even pre-RA that being super busy with a long list of "to do" things does not nourish me and even robs me of the holiday spirit. With rheumatoid arthritis a permanent companion in my life, I am all about nourishing myself by listening to not only what my body is telling me, but what my heart is telling me also.
To reduce my holiday "to do" list and enjoy the spirit that comes with the holidays, I practice a few simple guidelines:
1. I order almost all Christmas gifts online. I am not a great shopper and rather than walking from store to store putting pressure on feet that already hurt, I order online and have fun tracking my packages as they arri...
Recently my 13 year old daughter told me, "I really admire Grandma. Even though she is old and has a difficult time getting around, she gets out and does the things she loves to do." Wow! What an amazing observation from my daughter and what a wonderful gift my mom has unknowingly passed onto my daughter.
My mom is amazing. Although she will be 71 years old this month, she still lives her life as if she was 30 years old, minus the miniskirts and high heels. She often says her mind still wants to get up and go like she was 30 years old, not almost 71 years old.
My mom spent most of her adult years caring for her six children. She worked part time as a nurse so that she could be home with us the majority of the time. As the younger group of kids made it to school, she began focusing on her own career. She not only received her bachelor's degree while working and caring for a family but she went on to achieve her m...
Basics of using the
heart rate monitor.
Nobody wants a new gadget in his life but using a heart rate
monitor is a superb idea to help you get much more out of aerobic exercise. So,
WHAT IS IT? It's a simple gadget that tells you how hard your heart is
working...in particular, how many times a minute it is beating. Almost all such
monitors are two part gizmos... a strap to go around your chest and a unit like
a wrist watch that goes on your wrist. The strap picks up the electrical beat
from your heart and radios the news to the little computer/wrist watch. The
most popular one is made by POLAR and the simple ones (all you need) cost about
$50. It is easy to use and it will do more for your aerobic exercise than any
thing other than a good pair of sneaks.
How do you use a
heart rate monitor?
People are scared of these little suckers because they think
they are techy and hard to use. They are not. I can do it, just to give you an idea. Just strap it on and - in a
few minutes, afte...
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