Foggy weather condition does not have to mean putting a temporary stop to your good health habits. Rita Ivanauskas, a professional photographer and dog walker of Arthritis Consumer Expert’s Molly, the labradoodle puppy, continued to enjoy brisk walks with her four-legged friends. Ivanauskas even managed to capture these amazing scenic moments above the fog at the lookout point on Cypress Bowl Road.
Walking or exercising in the fog can be safe provided you follow these tips: Continue reading
On September 19, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) encouraged community members with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to participate in a physical activity study with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). To show support for our community, Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of ACE was amongst the first to sign up!
As one of the study participants, Cheryl has been asked to test two different activity trackers over a 4-week period. The first tracker is called the FitBitTM Flex, a wrist-worn activity monitor that measures an individual’s physical activity. The tracker allows users to create personalized fitness goals and integrate their goals with social media such as Facebook, Twitter and email. Continue reading
On behalf of all the basketball fans out there, I would like to congratulate Miami Heat’s Rashard Lewis for his first slam dunk in two years despite living with chronic arthritis in his knees. Lewis’ knees have been bothering him since the 2010-11 season. Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena is proof that one can conquer arthritis.
Below is an excerpt from “Miami Heat’s Rashard Lewis focused on filling key role” in The Miami Herald that recaps the moment for people who have missed the momentous feat: Continue reading
Helgi Olafson, an endurance athlete living with ankylosing spondylitis, shares some of his favourite stretching exercises with our community.
Helgi is the founder of The Helgi Olafson Foundation, an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis patients by raising awareness and funds for autoimmune arthritis research.
We sat down with Helgi in August and asked him to tell us about his story and how he’s inspiring others to stay active. Helgi completed Ironman Canada 2013 this summer in Whistler and ranked 369th overall out of 2171 participants. He came in at 1:11:43 for the 2.4 mile swim in Alta Lake at Rainbow Park; followed by 5:24:00 for the one-loop and 112-mile long bike course; and, finished at 4:08:18 for the two-loop run course through the Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake and ending at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. Helgi attributes his success to the stretching exercises he does before he engages in physical activity. Please click here to view the video.
The material contained in this video is for general information only. This video should not be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual or as a substitute for consultation with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs. Should you have any health care related questions, you should contact your physician.
Yoga is one type of low-impact exercise that will benefit people living with arthritis. Regardless of their age, those living with long-term arthritis and its associated pain can participate in low-impact exercises. A bonus is that low-impact exercise decreases stress levels and helps to improve the way you feel.
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Below is an excerpt from Yoga for Arthritis in the Times Oman. The writer, Prema Nagesh, is a yoga instructor based in Muscat.
1. Greeva sanchalan (Neck movements)
• While inhaling gently, take your neck back, and while exhaling, let your neck come to the initial position. Don’t move your chin down. Then turn towards right, then left; this makes one round. Hold each posture for not more than 5 seconds. Repeat three times.
2. Skanda sanchalan (Shoulder movements)
• Place your fingers on your shoulders and rotate your arms slowly. Inhale while raising your arms up, and with arms touching your ears and exhale while getting it down. Repeat it three times on each side.
3. Parvatasana (mountain)
• Legs near to each other, while inhaling, and raise your arms above your head. Exhale and interlock your fingers, palms facing in the upward direction, and then inhale and raise your feet up on your toes, exhale and practice normal breathing.
4. Trikonasana (triangle)
• Stand with your legs near to each other. While inhaling, raise your left arm and keep it straight besides your ear and exhale and then bend the right side. Repeat the same with the other side.
5. Uthita Trikonasana (extended triangle)
• Keep your legs two feet away from each other. While inhaling, raise your arms up in line with the shoulder, while exhaling your breathe. Touch your right ankle with your right hand, don’t bend your knees. Place your left hand around your waist so as to relax your neck and shoulders. Repeat the same with the other side.
6. Santula asana (balance)
• Stand with your legs near to each other. Inhale and while exhaling, bend your left leg in such a way that your left heel is near your buttocks. Exhale and hold the left ankle with your left hand and inhale, and then raise your right arm up. Do normal breathing.
Exercise is important if you live with the joint pain and stiffness of arthritis. It may seem daunting at first, but in the long run exercise will help manage your symptoms and you will feel better. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada says that regular, moderate physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, decreases fatigue, and increases stamina and muscle flexibility. The kinds of exercises you can perform may vary depending on the severity and types of conditions you have.
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, results from wear and tear on joints that accumulate over a lifetime. With osteoarthritis, injuries to the joints – whether through trauma or repetitive strain – lead to pain, stiffness, and eventually to inflammation. Any kind of movement that puts your joints through their full range of motion eases stiffness and helps reduce arthritis symptoms. Exercise is important for all joints and controlling your weight particularly benefits weight-bearing joints like knees, hips, and the back.
There are many yoga studios in Canada. For more on yoga in your community, please visit yogadirectorycanada.com.
Helgi Olafson, an athlete living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) racing to raise awareness and support for AS, completed Ironman Canada 2013 this past Sunday in Whistler, BC. This is the first ever Ironman Canada to be held in Whistler. The race started with a two-loop, 2.4 mile swim in Alta Lake at Rainbow Park, followed by a one-loop and 112-mile long bike course. The bike course traveled south on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, climbed up the Callaghan Valley, descended back onto the highway, passed through Whistler to enter into Pemberton, and returned to Whistler. The two-loop run course circled through the Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake, and ended at the finish line at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.