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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

Along with intense, high performance training and exercise, today’s players in the FIFA World Cup follow rigorous nutrition and diet regimes to maximize their performance. The coaching staff of the World Cup teams, with the guidance and direction of dieticians and nutritionists, provide their players carefully planned meals and snacks.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerMaintaining a good diet is also good for your joint  health. #Goals4Arthritis wants you to enhance your performance by eating well today. Cooking at home is a good way to ensure you get the healthy ingredients your body requires and a positive way to be active and get your joints moving.

Though no dietary miracles have yet been discovered in the fight against arthritis, scientists have made a number of recent research advancements on the role of diet and nutrition in arthritis treatment. Today, we understand much more about the connections between arthritis, diet, healthy bodyweight, immune function, and inflammation. We are learning more and more about the positive steps each of us can take to fight arthritis and encourage overall health.

To help you understand what the research is telling us about arthritis and nutrition, click here for a discussion about what is proven effective, and what is not:

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 27: Are you in the running for the World Cup?

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 27: Are you in the running for the World Cup?

In the FIFA World Cup, players run approximately 70 per cent of the actual minutes of a game. The faster a soccer player can run, the greater his ability to beat defenders. Most of the runs made in soccer are explosive, high intensity runs, where sprinting, strength and jumping ability are extremely important.

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to take advantage of the weather and go out for a run.

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Below are tips, courtesy of Runner’s World, for people living with arthritis who wants to continue running.

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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 25: To volley or futevolei

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 25: To volley or futevolei

To celebrate the end of the quarterfinals in the World Cup,  #Goals4Arthritis took a break yesterday. We continue our goals today with two exciting sports commonly found in the beaches of Brazil - volleyball and futevolei. Futevolei is a sport born on the beaches of Copacabana in the 1960s.

To enjoy the beach or lakeshore today, #Goals4Arthritis wants you to play volleyball or futevolei.

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Futevolei, like beach volleyball, features a pair of competitors on each side of the volleyball net. Unlike volleyball, futevolei is played without the use of hands. Creativity is the key to success – players can use their feet, shoulders, chests, heads, and anything else that would be legal on a soccer field to get the ball back over the net.

Futevolei has grown in popularity and is now played around the world. Click here to observe how futevolei is played.

Fortuntaely there are ways for volleyball or fetevolei enthusiasts to enjoy the game even if they have arthritis.

 Kevin Plancher, M.D., a leading NY-area orthopaedist, sports medicine expert and an official orthopaedic surgeon with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, suggests the following:

  • Cross train with muscle strengthening training to help avoid injury.
  • Do sports specific exercises for volleyball which will help stabilize the wing bone.
  • Avoid playing volleyball if you are not fully recovered from an injury.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 22: Do water aerobics

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 22: Do water aerobics

FIFA World Cup soccer players are very acrobatic. Players on the defensive side come up with creative ways to deflect the ball from the line of danger. Offensive players score with an acrobatic header or a strike – like the famous flying header from Holland’s Robin van Persie during the Group B match at this year’s World Cup™. Water aerobics can help strengthen your core muscles and help develop your skills as a soccer player. Water sports  can also help a soccer player maintain his cardiovascular fitness during the off season. 

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to do water aerobics.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerWater aerobics can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis as the water cushions stiff and painful joints or fragile bones that may be injured by the impact of land exercises. When you are immersed to the waist in water, your body bears just 50% of its weight; at the chest, it’s 25%-35%; and at the neck, it’s 10%. Water provides 12 times greater resistance than air. Another benefit of water is that it cools your body and prevents it from overheating during exercise.

In an interview with WebMD, Julie See, president of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) in Nokomis, Fla. said: “Water is democratic. Once you’re in the pool, we’re all the same. There’s less intimidation than walking into an aerobics studio surrounded by mirrors. You don’t have to wear a swimsuit. If you’re more comfortable, wear Lycra pants and a T-shirt. And it doesn’t matter if you’re on the wrong foot. As long as you’re moving, you’re getting the benefit.”

To get you started, here is a list of water aerobic exercises from Healthy Living that you can do: Continue reading

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 20: Canada Day, the Brazilian way

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 20: Canada Day, the Brazilian way

Happy Canada Day!!! Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is simple: Celebrate Canada Day in Brazilian style by enjoying dance or music – key elements of capoeira this Canada Day. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

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According to the Capoeira Aché Brasil website, “Capoeira is a Brazilian art form, which combines dance, music, and acrobatics with martial arts. Known as the secret dance of Brazil, capoeira is an astonishing display of acrobatics, breath-taking kicks and self-defense tactics performed to the music of the Berimbau (an ancient stringed bow-like instrument) and drums. But why just tell you about Capoeira? Why don’t we show you what Capoeira is! Below is a video that was filmed by one of our group members promoting our yearly festival and graduation ceremony. It will give you a feel of what our art form is all about and what it means to be apart of our Capoeira family.”

To inspire you, here is a video of “Grupo Engenho da Bahia” – a capoeira group in Salvador Bahia Brazil.