Volume 4 - Issue 6

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Welcome to the June 2004 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. Stretching and Mobility
  3. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Sports Injuries & Secondary Arthritis
    All athletes need to protect themselves from developing secondary arthritis from sports injuries. This article will tell you exactly what you need to do to ease debilitating pain from taking control of the rest of your life and recover quickly from orthopedic surgery.
  2. Liquid Glucosamine is More Effective
    A comparison of powdered glucosamine vs. liquid glucosamine.

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By J.R. Rogers

In previous editions of this Chronicle, we talked about some fundamental "static" stretching exercises that will assist with increasing mobility. Given the ease with which this can be used, it is something that every sufferer of arthritis should be doing every day.

Other Benefits
Stretching is going to go a long ways toward restoring lost mobility (as much as 50% lost between the ages of twenty and seventy.) As well, it has some other very important health benefits: range of motion improves, posture is better, you feel more agile, and it helps in preventing injuries.

Frequency
We talked about using this "static" stretching technique which has virtually unlimited possibilities. There are almost endless ranges of ways in which you can "stretch" your body extremities.

In terms of frequency, I recommend stretching every day. So long as you don't overdo it and are careful to rest when you feel too much impact, the benefits of spending 15-30 minutes a day stretching are incredible.

Do you want these benefits?
Stretching is so simple and beneficial that it seems to speak for itself. However, if you are not motivated to gain these wonderful benefits, it is almost certain that you will do an inadequate job of it and as well, begin to lose the motivation.

My feeling is that if you begin doing this for the first time, you will see the changes in your body within as little as thirty days. That is a very small commitment of time when you counter with the way you will feel. It makes a huge difference.

Getting Motivated
If it is tough for you to personally get motivated to do this, get someone else to do them with you. A neighbor, friend or spouse who is also doing this, usually is a lot more fun than doing it alone. (I feel so strongly about this that I don't need anything except the rewards I get. You should get there yourself.) One caution should be mentioned though. Sometimes when you are stretching with a partner, they may push the exercise too far or beyond your capabilities. Just be aware that this can happen.

If You are Exercising Now
If you are currently exercising, try using stretching as an "intermediate" step. Do it before exercising and afterwards. If you are lifting weights for example, try doing a set of exercises and stretching before and after each set. You will be amazed at the difference.

Some Cautionary Remarks
Most people that are just learning how to stretch effectively make the mistake of thinking that whatever they do; it is going to work out. Usually, these are the common pitfalls:

  1. Make sure you hold the "stretch" long enough
  2. Warm up before you begin stretching
  3. Doing stretching exercises incorrectly*
  4. Stretching too hard (Yes, you can do too much)
  5. The biggest mistake of all is not stretching at all.

* There are some great books available in book stores. If you don't want to go to that expense, check the library.

See you next time.

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Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.


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Chicken and Spinach Fettuccini
A great, low fat, stick-to-your-ribs meal. Pair this higher-calorie main course with a fresh, green salad or steamed veggies sprinkled with lemon juice.

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast strips
  • 4 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 12-ounce package of spinach fettuccini, cooked, drained

Sauté onion and garlic in margarine in skillet for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in cornstarch. Add broth and basil; mix well.

Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add cheese. Heat until melted, stirring constantly. Add chicken and spinach; mix well.

Cook for 1 minute or until heated through, stirring frequently. Spoon over hot cooked fettuccini.



Chicken and Spinach Fettuccini

Serves 4.

Per Serving:
Calories 527; Fat 10 g; Cholesterol 57 mg; Fiber 3g; Sodium 775 mg

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation


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This concludes the June Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on July 1st, 2004! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Have a great May from the Arthritis Chronicle
See you next month!

Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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