Movement Is Life Journey

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A. Continue My Same Habits and Stay in the Vicious Cycle

Women, African Americans, and Hispanics have more severe arthritis and functional limitations. These same individuals are more likely to be obese, diabetic, and have higher incidence of heart disease—medical conditions that can be improved with more movement. Instead of moving, however, these groups have an inactivity rate of 40–50% … and this rate is going up!

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Don't wait until the weekend to clean your home. Spend time each day tidying up. Dust, do laundry, vacuum, and wash windows. These efforts often give you as much exercise as a formal exercise class.

Workout during TV time. Don't just sit there. Stand up next to your sofa and walk during commercials. Work up to walking through an entire show. Don't forget to stretch.

Exercise your calf muscles while brushing your teeth. Place your feet flat on the floor, and rise onto the balls of your feet, hold for two seconds and sink back down.

Identify your emotional triggers. Culturally defined food choices are not always the healthiest and can contribute to the Vicious Cycle. Embrace and try to understand what is behind unconscious eating habits and your lack of movement.

Let's take a short quiz to review what you have learned

1. If you feel pain in your knees, you should get off your feet until the pain goes away.
2. Joint pain is caused by arthritis, and you should just learn to live with it.
3. It's possible to overcome joint pain by walking just 30 minutes per day.
4. Being only 10 lbs. overweight can add 30-60 lbs. of pressure on your knees.
5. Men have heart attacks more often than women.
6. The Vicious Cycle that starts with joint pain can be broken through movement.
7. Drinking 5-10 glasses of water each day can help with weight loss.
8. Depression can make knee pain worse and vice versa.
9. Diabetes is a common side effect of not moving.
10. No matter your age, you can break the Vicious Cycle.

Now you know the importance of movement. If you would like to go back and follow choice B, please click here. If you would like to learn even more about breaking the Vicious Cycle, go back to Joint Pain and choose B each time.

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