Last week I got a pedometer. And started an Arthritis Foundation approved "Walk with Ease" class.
Yesterday I walked 10,425 steps according to my little buddy. All this time I thought I was sedentary. I was aiming for 5,000 steps a day and figuring I'd have to take a 3 mile walk every day to reach that goal. It's definitely a new habit to remember to put that thing on. But yesterday I did it first thing in the morning until I went to bed. A lot of the steps are right here in the condo! Which isn't that big!!
I'm pretty sure this freebie is not as accurate as a FitBit or other expensive high tech toy. It probably overstates but it IS something to remind me to move around more. Since I'm competing with myself, it works well enough for me.
My favorite brother-in-law is a doctor who told me that it won't make the arthritis worse or progress faster if I walk. He also said that whatever movements bother me the most are probably the thing I should do more of. Stairs! So every day I climb a few flights.
What I was hoping for is less pain. That maybe walking a lot every day would building muscles around my knees and hips so that walking wouldn't hurt so much. I take ibuprofen daily now (otherwise I would scream as I walked ...) and lately I take it twice a day. But yesterday was bad. Regardless of the week of intentional walking. At bedtime I took another dose of ibuprofen AND two Alleve. This morning feels better.
Last night my buddy invited me to walk up for ice cream. I wanted to spend time with her (and for some reason, ice cream sounded really good!) but I explained it was a kneesle day and I just couldn't walk. So we drove and each had an old fashioned hot fudge sundae.
I've decided to find an arthritis specialist or a knee doctor. How do I know when it is time to give up daily over the counter stuff? What is the next line of defense? Prescription arthritis relief? Cortisone injections? Replacement?
Both of my tiny homes were chosen for WALKABILITY. Never in my life have I lived some place where I could walk to my destinations. Now that I have this dream ... I can barely walk? Nope. Not gonna take that for an answer!!