For the longest time, I was reluctant to walk much and kept my walking for necessities such as grocery shopping, appointments, etc. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. First, it was in my right knee. Then, my right knee followed suit shortly after and about four years ago, I have torn my meniscus. I also experience pain my hips, mostly my left hip. So I thought that by walking I would shorten the life of my joints which would lead to a total lack of mobility while I await joint replacements. This was a really scary prospect since I have let go of my car five years ago, my husband is blind and a lot of the getting around depends on me.
Since I started my intermittent fasting lifestyle, I’ve lost a bit of weight. This has made getting around slightly better but still difficult. About a month ago, I was at my doctor’s office to get my prescription for anti-inflammatory medication renewed. At the time, I asked to get a physiotherapist referral as I thought I could get guidance on the type of exercises I could do to strengthen my joints. This is when he told me about the GLA:D® program. “The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program that has helped thousands of people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) manage their symptoms of pain and loss of function.” I’ve completed the education portion and will start the exercise portion tomorrow. Part of the information I have received is that it is important to do at least 30 minutes of exercise per day such as walking, cycling, swimming, etc. It can be done all at once or twice for 15 minutes or even three times for 10 minutes. My fear about expediting the progress of this joint disease was somewhat put to rest. I’m not 100% convinced but I’m going with it. Another thing that I’ve learned is that it is not good to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. Yikes! I can sit hours at a time. So I’m making changes. The good news is that yesterday and today, I’ve been feeling an improvement in my ability to walk. Yesterday, hubby and I went for a 45-minute walk and although I did feel discomfort, I did not feel pain. That is a huge improvement. I’m stoked about this!
One of my favourite things right now is to start the day with a walk to a pond nearby (see picture above), sit on a bench, close my eyes and let myself be serenaded by the lovely sound of the birds. It is such a nurturing feeling. There are three of these ponds within walking distance from our place. I think they are called water storm management plant but they are very much like ponds. So lovely! These are such gifts to have in the middle of the city. I’m grateful for the ability to walk and enjoy such gifts.