Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis After the Holidays

Seth Ginsberg Health Guide
  • The holidays have come and gone. This year, they felt exceptionally speedy - even though I could have sworn that I saw an in-store holiday promotion two days after Halloween. Which, effectively, makes it a holiday quarter versus a holiday season (not sure why I'm the only one who seems to notice this).

    In my holiday quarter, I found myself stuffing my face with sweets - usually the kind that arrived by mail from a friend or colleague. And on top of that, December is holiday party time, where I had more of my share of obligatory toasts and drinking parties to celebrate the birth of Christ, the miracle of Jews shvitzing in the desert, and the end of a decade. Which all translates to gaining about 50 pounds in the last six weeks. Unbelievable.

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    So part of my problem now that the new year is here, is getting back into the healthy swing of things. I know most people's new year's resolution is about getting in shape, losing weight, eating healthier, blah blah blah. It feels cliche to say that about my resolution, so I figured I'd use the month of January to "ease back into things". My real problem is that when you have creaky joints like I do, jumping back onto the elliptical trainer after taking 5 or 6 (or 8) weeks off isn't as easy as it might be for someone who doesn't have arthritis.

    So here I come to the very edge of reason (and my resolution): making excuses for myself. Arthritis isn't an acceptable excuse for not working out. It's the very reason to do just the opposite. Time to get myself in gear!

Published On: January 11, 2010