OA is a Pain in the Hands (try exercises)

The source article is here.

For many people, hand strength declines with age, especially if arthritis sets in, making it hard to go about daily tasks. A study published in 2017 in Arthritis & Rheumatology estimated that the overall lifetime risk of hand osteoarthritis is close to 40 percent, with twice as many women as men developing it. People who are obese are also more susceptible—possibly because obesity increases chronic low-level inflammation, which contributes to joint damage.

All of a sudden I’m paying more attention to those infomercials that are selling electric jar openers.  An older friend recommended naproxen sodium.  I’m thinking exercise, thus the link to this short informative article.

 

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To Weigh or Not to Weigh

The National Weight Control Registry has published several studies on the habits of those who have successfully achieved and maintained significant weight loss over 10 years (4, 5, 6, 7). Their findings are based on the tracking of over 10,000 individuals through detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys designed to identify behavioral and psychological characteristics and strategies used to maintain weight loss. 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.

Here’s a short literature review on weighing habits in the processes of losing weight and maintaining weight loss.  Read the source article here.

I completed my annual National Weight Control Registry survey this morning.

For the first time in a very long time I reported a weight loss since the last follow up.

When I tell people I’ve lost 200 pounds they are always surprised and ask how I did it.

Well, you’ll just have to buy the book when I finish writing it.

Do You Live to Work?

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

Muhammad Ali

It is a mistake to measure an individual’s value solely in terms of what the marketplace will pay that individual. Unfortunately, it is the way our society and culture measures its people.

I choose to be measured by the value I provide to my family and friends, economic and otherwise. I choose to avoid abusive relationships, especially in the corporate world. I am reminded of the work of Paul Hwoschinsky who influenced me many years ago in his book  True Wealth. Do you live to work? Or do you work to live? The answer for me has always been I work to live. It can be no other way for me. It has been no other way for me.

Over the years I’ve posed this simple question to my offspring and to others struggling with the concept of balance in their lives. The offspring have learned the lesson and learned it well. But there are many others with whom I’ve crossed paths that unfortunately never learn nor understand what is truly important.

Do you live to work? Or do you work to live? Think deeply. Choose well.