Thursday, February 26, 2009

Starting out slowly...

We all know we should drink more water---two liters/eight cups a day. I read somewhere that a headache can be a symptom of dehydration, and when you take an aspirin with a glass of water it's probably the water that eases the pain, not the pill. When I told my mother this (we're not big water drinkers in my family) she told a friend who was plagued by afternoon headaches. Mrs. M. started drinking more water and Mom told me her headaches went away. So, drink more water. (I have several steel water bottles that I fill from the tap.) That's one.

Due to oncoming cardio problems (negative on one cardio test from last month, positive on the other) due to diabetes and genetics, I've been noticing that ankles are swollen at the end of the day. A night of sleep (lying down promotes even circulation, probably) would usually solve the problem. But I don't want to go to bed with swollen ankles at all, thanks. My days go like this: get up, get coffee, feed the cats (including Mr. Jones) and grab the paper. Then I usually get online and sit for an hour or so. Then I get to work and sit for another eight hours. Then I get home and get online and sit for another few hours. Yeah, good physical activity there, KBinTo!

Yesterday, sunny and calm but cold, I got off the bus on King St. W. at Shaw and walked to work from there (of course I bought a soy latte at *$s to keep me warm). Took about 15 minutes (1.2 km/.7 miles). The problem with walking is it stresses incipient right-knee osteoarthritis, for which I had physiotherapy at this time last year for a month or so, until the benefits ran out. At that time I had started by doing 3 km in about 30 minutes. I'll try to walk at a healthier pace this time. That's two.

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