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I have severe arthritis in my shoulders. I will not let it stop me from being a great dad. It is hard for me to get and stay in shape. It is hard to be physically fit when my body aches.
I was a baseball player when I was young. I was a pitcher. I was very active and loved baseball.
After all the years of playing my shoulder decided it didn’t like me and I developed severe arthritis. Over the years it is something I have learned to live with. At one point I let it stop me, then we had kids. Then I decided it would not stop me anymore.
Now both of my kids play ball. My little buddy plays t-ball. My daughter is a softball pitcher. She is really good but like all players she needs lots of practice.
I want to help coach her. I will not let my pain get in the way. But the only way I can do that is with some help. And my help comes from Advil You can be active with Advil and focus on saying YES, not on the things that hold you back!
Since October 12th is World Arthritis Day, I felt like it was a good time to talk about how Arthritis affects many of us as moms and dads.
You can find Advil EZ Open Bottles and other Advil products in the Pain Relief section of your local Walmart. Mine was in front of the Pharmacy.
Here are my 5 tips for staying active with your kids even with arthritis.
- Always have ADVIL on hand! Nothing’s proven stronger on Arthritis and other joint pain.* I love the Advil EZ Open Bottles! The EZ open cap is perfect for people struggling with Arthritis. Did you know the medicine in Advil is the one doctors recommend most for joint pain? More than the medicine in Tylenol or Aleve.**
- Do what your kids love! If they love baseball go throw some balls together. If they like to play basketball, go throw some hoops. Find their passion and do it with them. You may not love it, but you may learn to like something new.
- Conditioning with kids. Something we have been doing is conditioning exercises once a week with a coach. This includes 6 inches leg lifts, push ups, sit ups, laps around the field. We don’t over do it and we do it with the direction of a coach. I do it with her. It is good for us both.
- Having a positive attitude. Don’t get upset if they don’t get it right or do it properly. Know their limitations and know they are kids. Remember you are on different levels and what you can do they may not be able to, so stay on their level.
- Keep things exciting. If you lose their attention, you loss their interest. Keep things fun and simple. Do not complicate things. Try making a game out of things. Make fun competition. Remember they are kids! Life should be FUN!
*For minor arthritis pain. Among OTC pain relievers.
**Based on a survey of monthly doctor recommendations.
It is fun to stay active with your kids! It is good for you body and soul. It is good for you and your kids. Don’t let pain slow you down!
What are your tips for staying active with your kids?