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How to Eliminate Knee Pain

How to Eliminate Knee Pain

“You have to wait until you’re over sixty to have surgery,” the doctor said while I was there for yet another shot in my knees. At the time, I was just over fifty and had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which is a long name for having the cartilage in your knees (or any joint) busted out, leaving you have no cushion in your joints. You end up with bone-on-bone contact.

Today, the pain is gone.

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So, where are you in your knee pain? A “5”? An “8”? Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis? If it’s something else, I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. You’re not one either. Here’s what worked for me:

  1. Lose weight so there’s less riding on those bones.
  2. Do the following exercise. With practice you can complete the exercises in 10 minutes a day.

You will not regrow cartilage, but you will build up the muscles that support the knee, so that the entire joint will be stronger. You have to decide  that living without pain is what you want, because the only way this will work is if you do it, and don’t cheat it. Don’t stop either.

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Step 1. Take these three pills

  • Faith (that it will work)
  • Discipline (to keep you working on it every day)
  • Honesty (to register your activity and progress)

Step 2. Buy a set of ankle weights

  • Ankle Weights
      The ankle weights should total 5 pounds for each leg.
    • They must have removable bar weights.
    • They can be any color.

    Step 3. Make a spreadsheet like this and print a few copies

    Knee Exercise Honesty Chart

      Step 4. Take all the bars out of the ankle weights except one and wrap one ankle weight around each ankle.

      Step 5. Sit down on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you

      • With your legs straight, lift one leg, just a little. Lift 10 times (reps) on each leg.
      • Do not do more than ten reps to start, you could end up hurting yourself.
      • Log in the sheet how many you did.
      • Make a note of any pain.
      • Have faith in the process.
      • Stay with ten until it does not hurt to do them.

      Step 6. Lay down on one side. With your leg straight, lift the top leg a little for 10 reps

      Lay down on the other side. With your leg straight, lift the top leg a little. 10 reps

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        Step 7. Lay down on your stomach. With your legs straight, lift the right leg a little for 10 reps.

        Now, switch legs to another 10 reps.

        Step 8. Log your progress on Day 1.

        Step 9. When you can, increase the number of repetitions in each position to 15 or 20 with one bar.

        Step 10. Put the next bar in each ankle weight.

        • Go back to ten reps on each leg.
        • Monitor your progress and your pain/comments on the sheet.
        • Stay with ten or go to twenty reps
        • Smile

        Step 11. Do not stop doing the exercises!

        Add more reps and more weights as you are able. Push yourself a little every day, but don’t push too hard. Gradually add weights and reps as you increase your strength.Once you have the exercises and weights figured out, you will be able to do this in 10 minutes a day. While you are working out these muscles, listen to music, watch a YouTube video or get pumped up with a cool Podcast. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a long time for results. It took me a full nine months but it worked! It’s been seven years since I cured myself and I have no pain today.

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        One final point: I highly recommend staying under a doctor’s care before, during, and after your exercise routine starts working for you. A doctor will also be able to make further recommendations for you concerning relieving knee pain through simple exercise.

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          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

          The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

          1. Understand Yourself Better

          Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

          Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

          2. Keep Track of Small Changes

          I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

          Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

          3. Become Aware of What Matters

          As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

          You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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          4. Boost Creativity

          The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

          When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

          You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

          5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

          A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

          Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

          6. Process Life Experiences

          When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

          Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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          7. Stress Relief

          In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

          Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

          8. Provide Direction

          Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

          One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

          9. Solve Problems

          Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

          Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

          When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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          10. Find Relief From Fighting

          Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

          Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

          11. Find Meaning in Life

          Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

          12. Allow Yourself to Focus

          Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

          13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

          When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

          14. Let the Past Go

          I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

          15. Allow Freedom

          Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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          16. Enhance Your Career

          Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

          Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

          17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

          All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

          18. Catalog Your Life for Others

          No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

          We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

          Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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