My Arthritis Story

First gym session in over a year!

I did it! It’s been over a year but I got over the pain and fear of failure and injury (mostly fear) and got my backside in the gym.

I managed an hour but in all honesty, I could have done more – but my wife reminded me that I was looking after the baby Saturday whilst she’s at work and I was under strict instructions not to overdo it!

I did 15mins on the rowing machine at full resistance, 20 min/6 mile bike ride and then 25mins of weights, mostly on the legs.

So far so good, I feel pretty fresh and pain free. My back twinges a little and there was a couple of points on the leg press I could feel the weakness in my right knee but no foot/heel problems, hands were ok and neck was fine. Result.

Not looking forward to the morning and seeing what’s swollen but this was a big step for me, just frustrating it took so long for me to be in a position to take it.

I’ll update on how the body responds in the coming days. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.


  1. Excellent – well done you! And I hope you aren’t suffering too much today and can manage baby duties! 🙂

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Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

Joel has lived with numerous forms of arthritis most of his life, with the onset when he was just 11 years old. In 2019, Joel created his blog, JoelvsArthritis to share his experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. In his short writing career, Joel has written for a number of leading autoimmune and disability charities and is a community advocate and writer for Read his arthritis story here:

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