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Dealing with aches and pains

June 24th, 2011

Recently I’ve been experiencing a stiff right arm and shoulder, particularly when I sit at the computer too long. Maybe from mousing? Not a good sign.

Limiting my time on the computer definitely helped (hence fewer posts here), along with improving my posture, and doing more stretching exercises.

The reality is, with aging, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Lesson learned here is, don’t take your health for granted. Aches and pains are no fun.

I don’t want to nag you, but you’ve got to take care of yourself while you still can. Here are 3 changes I’ve made in my life that has made a difference. Take it from this old mom, and do this for your family.

1. Cut back on the fat and sugar, start with cutting back a mere 1% a day and before you know it, you won’t taste the difference. Instead of 2 big scoops of ice cream, make it 2 small scoops. Reduce the sugar in a recipe by 10%. Trim off the skin and fat off meats.

2. Start the day with exercise and stretching. I started doing this, waking up 15 minutes earlier to stretch. And for exercise, I’ve been sweeping the patio. It’s not exactly a workout, but it gets me going. More importantly, the morning routine reminds me of the importance of keeping active throughout the day.

3. Drink lots of water, and nothing but water. Well, I indulge in some green tea too, but definitely no sugary drinks. Have a bottle of water with you at all times. Pretty soon, you won’t miss the sugar.

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