Cycling in Sydney Australia
Thought I'd start a positive post for all the new members....
Today, I cycled to two meetings in the city. It was awesome because:
Why is cycling awesome for you?
dumb stupid invisible to traffic lights bike :-)
Cycling is awesome because...
Last year, my arthritis got really bad. As a young person (I'm 27, was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis 2 years ago), it was so frustrating not being able to get to places at the speed I wanted to. I've never been sporty, always has moved at a pretty slowly, comfortable pace, but at that point in my life, I was hobbling around in pain, one step at a time like some old granny. A good friend from uni introduced me to cycling, and I've loved it ever since.
Cycling lets me go places, without causing me any pain. While my arthritis was bad, I couldn't do much (or any) exercise, but I was able to ride a bike. It gives me an incredible sense of freedom to be able to cruise around and forget the limitations that arthritis was bringing to my life.
Now my arthritis is much much better, but I still ride my bike most days.
I'm fitter now then I probably have ever been before.
wow! go girl
Fantastic. Did your doctor ever recommend it or was it just your friend? I wonder if it's a known thing for psoriatic arthritis sufferers is all.
IANAD (clarification: doctor, or dog, but doctor in this case), but have just a little bit of experience (professionally and personally) with inflammatory arthritises (we're talking about the auto-immune condiftions such as rheumatoid or psoriatic - not osteo, which is a "wear and tear" disease). So I'm not going to answer on behalf of Helen, but the general perception I've had is "move it or lose it". A lot of "sufferers" feel better after getting out and doing some exercise, but often the challenge is being able to as there is commonly associated pain and stiffness (especially early in the morning - it used to tak me about half an hour just to "get going") to begin with, and fatigue as well.
It was really my friend from uni who got me into cycling. When we had lectures, he'd have his laptop out looking at bike blogs! He actually built me a bike, but overestimated how tall I was (I'm only 150 cm) and I couldn't get on it. He ended up giving me his sister's bike from back when they were kids.
Then October last year, I bought myself a beautiful Dutch bike from the people at Gazelle. It's my most prized possession :D
And in support of what sit_ubu_sit said, I'm not a doctor either, but I am a medical student, and I do recall being told in lectures that it's important in inflammatory arthritides, especially ankylosing spondylitis, for patients to keep active so that they can maintain their range of movement. Also, it is taught that the difference between inflammatory and degenerative arthritis is that in the former, pain and stiffness should lessen with exercise, but in degenerative arthritis (basically osteoarthritis), the pain is worsened by exercise.
Thanks for the info. Am so glad that cycling is helping you. And what a lovely bike you have to enjoy it on!
Cycling is awesome because it is a fun, peaceful and economical mode of transport.
Health benefits are nice, but I wouldn't do it as often unless it was fun & felt so nice.
Gives you freedom!