Throwback Thursday: Most Popular Posts of 2014

For those who are new or possibly newer I wanted to share my most popular posts from 2014. The following 10 posts were all written in 2014.

  1. A 25 Mile DNF is NOT A Failure
  2. AROO! The Reebok SPARTAN Race is Coming to Ohio!
  3. It Take 4 Weeks
  4.  Initial Impressions of ActiveLink
  5. Race Report: Outrun 24-hour Trail Challenge
  6. Because I’m All About The Bling, No Cutoffs!
  7. Revealing My Relationship
  8. Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  9. Reasons I’d Be a Kickass Girlfriend (which really goes hand in hand with) Make Me a Match
  10. Aetnea – What’s Your Healthy?
  11. Placebo Effect or Not, I’ll Take it.    Bonus listing, because I personally feel strongly about the post.

If that isn’t enough reading for you, how about:

Top 13 Posts of 2013?




Using Aqua Aerobics to Ease Arthritis Pain

A few months back, one of my readers, Kaitlin, asked if she could do a guest post on my site. I’m always open to sharing a post from anyone, as long as it isn’t a way for you to make money off me! Kaitlin has a wonderful blog An Apple Per Day and wanted to write about Aqua Aerobics. I’ve done Aqua based classes a few times over the years and really loved it. Her post today focuses on arthritis, which anyone at any age can develop, but I encourage everyone to give Aqua Aerobics a try, even without a specific condition. Water activities are a wonderful option for exercise (just make sure your doctor gives you the OK as with any new activity). Please read on and pay her a visit. She even has recent posts on Aqua Zumba and how to use Aqua Aerobics during pregnancy!

Using Aqua Aerobics to Ease Arthritis Pain

My friend Katie knows I really enjoy aqua aerobics, so when her uncle started having arthritis pain, she asked me if the water could help ease her uncles symptoms. My intuitive answer was that it could, but I did some reading just to be sure, and confirmed that yes, aqua aerobics can help ease the pain of arthritis.

What is arthritis? I looked it up, and arthritis is basically stiffness and pain caused by swollen joints. Estimates are that within a relatively short time, arthritis will affect about 67% of the population. It is typically caused by genetic makeup, a job which requires repetitive movements, or the aggravating of a previous injury. Here are some sites I found with more great information:

Gym alternatives. The demands of a treadmill or weight work in the gym would likely not help much with arthritis pain. If a person has aches because of having to repeat movements in their job, they don’t need to add to it with more repetitive motions like many gym exercises. High impact exercises like a treadmill wouldn’t help either.

The lightness of the water. One of the blessings of the water is low impact. I can do an exercise like aqua jogging – which mimics the exercise I’d get on a treadmill – but it’s a totally different experience. The reason is the buoyancy of the water, where my body only has to support a fraction of its own weight. When my foot lands aqua jogging, it’s not with the jarring impact I get on the treadmill. It’s wonderful, and I thought that particular aspect would make Katie’s uncle feel the water had a lot to offer for him.

If it’s not pleasant, I won’t do it. For the person who has arthritis, if an exercise is not a pleasant experience, they likely won’t continue. A gentle and low impact water workout has a better chance of encouraging a person to keep doing it. I’ve noticed that in the gym, everyone is in their own little world, and people don’t talk much. In a group water workout class, people smile and laugh, even while they’re doing exercises. I finally realized that it’s just enjoyable being in the water – we enjoyed playing in the water as kids, and I think water workouts take us back to that pleasant time.

What kinds of exercise? Start by loosening the joints. In water that’s about waist to chest deep, begin to move the joints, especially the ones that hurt. Shoulder circles in the water can help. For the elbows, straighten the arms out in front, then bring the thumbs up to the shoulders, only bending the elbow. Sit on the steps of the pool, then move the ankles to point the toes down, then up, and curl and straighten the toes. Circle the ankles to loosen them. Work the knees and hips by lifting one leg and straightening the knee. Move the leg out to one side to work the hips, then switch and do the other side.

Aqua walking. After loosening up the joints, for a good water exercise session, nothing can beat an aqua walk. I took Katie’s uncle to the community pool when the lap lanes were open, we each took a lane, and began a pleasant walk up and down the pool. He really enjoyed it, and I could see he’d be back for more. After about 30 minutes, he said his joints felt much better.

For relieving the pain of arthritis, the pool has a lot to offer, and is a pleasant way to get in a workout that doesn’t stress the joints.

KaitlinKaitlin Gardner
started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.