Hobbies That Work For You & Your Arthritis
Now that spring is finally here; you probably feel excited to get out there and exercise and maybe try some new hobbies. Of course, you always have to be mindful of pain thresholds when you have arthritis. While you can always stop to give your body a rest, the important thing is the willingness to stretch outside of your comfort zone and try something that could bring you hours of pleasure. Below are some hobbies that the staff of Arthritis Center of Lexington recommends.
You can exercise your brain on those days when your hands and fingers feel just a bit too stiff for greater physical activity. Crossword puzzles in the daily paper or a game of Sudoku make good cognitive challenges. If your arthritis pain prevents you from gripping a pen or pencil, enlist a friend or relative to do the writing while you do the solving.
If you love to cook but find it difficult to stand for long periods, consider placing a floor mat under your feet or using a food processor to eliminate the need to chop and blend ingredients by hand. It won’t take long for you to discover that a little ingenuity can go a long way in allowing you to start new hobbies or continue the ones you love. Take advantage of the days you have little to no symptoms to make and freeze large batches of food.
When it comes to needlework hobbies, crocheting tends to be easier for those with arthritis than knitting or cross-stitching. Blankets or hats are probably the simplest things to create with needlework as long as you have yarn, a skein and a needle.
Podcasts or Audiobooks
If holding a book and turning the pages challenges your arthritis, you can still listen to a good story or learn about a new topic by listening to a podcast or audiobook. Most smartphones come equipped with the ability to find and listen to a book of your choice. If you can’t find it there, your local librarian should be able to help you.
Walking or Yoga
Finding a yoga class with an instructor knowledgeable about arthritis can be truly beneficial for your health. He or she will know which exercises to push and which to avoid for fear of making your symptoms worse. Walking on your own is always a great form of exercise as well. While your joints might not be up to the challenge yet in early spring, you should be able to walk further without pain and inflammation the warmer the weather gets.
We Can Help You Manage Your Arthritis
If you suffer from pain and believe it’s rheumatically-related, talk with your doctor about getting a referral to Arthritis Center of Lexington. We will complete a thorough evaluation and devise a plan to help you live life to the fullest despite your arthritis.