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Get Active in May

pwilson May 6th, 2011, 1:42 AM
Paula Wilson, RN, Registered Nurse, Clinical Coordinator
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In my neighborhood, Cinco de Mayo is a real cause for celebration. Many of the local restaurants set up tables outside with drinks, music and even some activities for kids. What’s particularly nice is having a chance to see some people in the neighborhood that I haven’t seen in a while and catch up on what’s been going on the past few months. One person I ran into was a woman that takes Zumba classes with me. (Zumba, for those who don’t know, is a dance-fitness class that blends hip-hop, Latin and other types of music. People of all ages and fitness levels can participate.) We talked about the music at the restaurant and how it reminded us of our class, our Zumba teacher and that we have so much fun that it doesn’t even feel as though we are exercising.

Yet in terms of  just exercise in general, any activity that gets you moving and active is a positive one. Not only is it good not for your health and well being, but it can also benefit some physical conditions. In particular, arthritis is a condition that may actually improve with movement. As it happens, May is National Arthritis Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects 50 million U.S., adults mostly over the age of 65 and is the most common cause of disability. One way to manage symptoms is through physical activity for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, which can be done in 10-minute blocks throughout the day. There are stretching, weight training and water exercises that can decrease stress on joints. Even yoga can help. The Arthritis Foundation has some good information on what people can do to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, reduce joint pain and decrease stiffness.

Share with us what you do to get up and get moving. Have a great May!

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