Move and Improve

Who’s Moving and Improving in Week 10? Barbara Seymour, 42, Old Town

Posted May 05, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
Last modified May 05, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
  1. What is your motivation to “Move and Improve”?

My motivation to move and improve is multi-layered. I have rheumatoid arthritis and doing nothing is not an option. When I was diagnosed with RA I was told that I can wallow in self-pity and my disease will progress rapidly or I can get up in the morning, put my feet on the floor and not let my disease control me. I am on medications that can cause me to feel awful some days. I am still young and I have a family history of lots of chronic illness. But I simply said “NOT ME.”  To my disease I say “YOU WILL NOT WIN!”

  1. What is your biggest obstacle to “Move and Improve”?

My biggest obstacle is my disease and some days, myself. It is painful on some days and when I want to just not do anything I make myself get up and go. Activities that are low impact for joints are also hard to find.

  1. What kind of activities do you engage in to reach your goal?

I walk at least three or four times a week and have recently found a great class called Water Zumba offered at the Old Town/Orono YMCA. It is so much fun and it takes all those bone-pounding movements and makes them easier to accomplish without irritating my RA. As the weather improves, I will also start riding my bicycle. Exercise has helped so much. I would recommend it to anyone who has the same issues!