I was skeptical. Honestly, I wanted to prove to people that "working through the pain" doesn't really work for arthritis. Probably it was good for the rest of me, physically and psychologically, but certainly not my knees. Now I have to eat my words.
After our first session, we got a free pedometer from the ACC (not necessarily part of the Walk with Ease program). My goal was to reach 5,000 steps aka 2.5 miles. I did take Advil twice a day and I did walk every day. My knees were noticeable but didn't HURT.
While I was under the weather, I didn't walk for five days. My knees hurt when I did walk. But not as much as they used to. And I think they will continue to feel not so bad. Because I am building muscles! Another participant has had two knee replacements. BEFORE her surgeries, her doctor sent her to physical therapy to strengthen all her leg and knee muscles. Which made her recovery faster and easier. She is going to share the exercises with us.
I love that I continue to learn new things. Even when I'm skeptical. And guess what our slogan is? Sitting is the new smoking!