The main cause of arthritis is when the joints swell and become inflamed this causes pain in the joints and in severe cases people cannot get on with their lives because of the pain. Some people actually use arthritis gloves in an effort to help relieve this pain. Arthritis gloves are specially designed to help relieve the pain that is caused by arthritis by decreasing the inflammation of the affected joints.
The most common place people get arthritis is in the hands. Arthritis gloves use the principles of compression and heat to help ease the pain and inflammation of the joints in the hands.
Infrared rays arthritis gloves (made with bio ceramic material which allows the gloves to absorb the infrared rays; this material is flexible and doesn’t restrict movement in the hands and fingers) the way these gloves work is that when the gloves absorb the infrared rays they will then reach the skin that surrounds the effected joints this then causes the blood vessels around the area to expand which increases circulation and reduces pain caused by arthritis.
Another type of arthritis gloves are “Thermal” gloves which work by keeping heat inside the glove, thus this in effect will reduce pain; another feature of these gloves is that they help to stop your skin from sweating which can aggravate arthritis.
Finally another type of arthritis gloves work by supporting the bones and joints making sure that they are well enough spaced apart which helps with mobility in your hands and helps stop irritation and pain caused from inflammation too.
Whilst you should keep in mind if you choose to buy a pair of arthritis gloves is how they fit on your hand. Make sure that the gloves are comfortable. The fitting of the gloves must be tight enough to help support the joints and hand but not too tight to stop circulation. Good circulation is needed for providing tissues with nutrients and oxygen they need.
It is not good to sweat whilst wearing the gloves so make sure that the gloves allow for your hands to breathe. Arthritis gloves will:
– help to improve the circulation in your hands
– reduce inflammation and swelling
– relieve pain caused by arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome
Arthritis gloves are a much better alternative to treating arthritis than medication as medication only masks the symptoms whereas arthritis gloves help to give back mobility to your hands and reduce inflammation caused by the disease.
A pair of the gloves is a simple to use and something you should try for yourself if you suffer from this painful condition.
In part 1 of this series we discussed preparing for the gruelling task of marathon training. Now you are prepared and ready it is time to start. In 16 weeks you should be able to run a marathon but be warned this is not going to be easy.
Ideal starting fitness
The ideal minimum fitness you need to start marathon training is that you should be able to run at least 30 minutes without taking time to stop. It doesn’t matter how far you can go so long as you can keep your body running and get used to the feeling.
If you cannot run yet for 30 minutes straight you soon will be able to as this level of fitness can be easily attained. Try going on long walks interspaced with jogging. They help to ease your body into exercise and minimize risk of injury.
Training for the marathon
The aim of marathon training is now to gradually increase your mileage over the weeks until you hit a total distance in your run of 18-21 miles. Then taper down 2 weeks before the marathon in order to allow your body to recover its strength so you will be fresh for the actual marathon event.
Wk Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 3 Miles Rest Day 4 Miles 4 Miles Rest Day 5 Miles Rest Day
2 3 Miles Rest Day 4 Miles 4 Miles Rest Day 6 Miles Rest Day
3 3 Miles Rest Day 4 Miles 4 Miles Rest Day 7 Miles Rest Day
4 3 Miles Rest Day 5 Miles 5 Miles Rest Day 8 Miles Rest Day
5 3 Miles Rest Day 5 Miles 5 Miles Rest Day 10 Miles Rest Day
6 3 Miles Rest Day 5 Miles 5 Miles Rest Day 12 Miles Rest Day
7 4 Miles Rest Day 6 Miles 6 Miles Rest Day 14 Miles Rest Day
8 4 Miles Rest Day 6 Miles 6 Miles Rest Day 15 Miles Rest Day
9 4 Miles Rest Day 6 Miles 6 Miles Rest Day 16 Miles Rest Day
10 4 Miles Rest Day 7 Miles 7 Miles Rest Day 18 Miles Rest Day
11 5 Miles Rest Day 7 Miles 7 Miles Rest Day 19 Miles Rest Day
12 5 Miles Rest Day 7 Miles 7 Miles Rest Day 20 Miles Rest Day
13 5 Miles Rest Day 8 Miles 8 Miles Rest Day 21 Miles Rest Day
14 5 Miles Rest Day 8 Miles 8 Miles Rest Day 10 Miles Rest Day
15 3 Miles Rest Day 4 Miles 4 Miles Rest Day 8 Miles Rest Day
16 3 Miles Rest Day 3 Miles Walk Rest Day 26.2 Miles Rest Day
Remember at the start of the marathon you will receive a huge amount of adrenaline which will give you a lot of energy but don’t make the mistake of starting too quickly. You don’t want to wipe yourself out at the start. A marathon is an endurance event, keep a steady pace and then towards the end speed up for a champions finish.
This concludes part 2 of this series, in part 3 we will examine further common problems encountered in the race and important tips for racing a marathon in a competitive time.
Marathon training is all about building physical as well as mental stamina. In this article we will deal with both aspects of marathon training.
Mental stamina accumulates overtime; it is your ‘force’ or ‘will power’. It is the ability to override your senses and push on beyond what you think is possible. Mental stamina is the psychological component of marathon training. Before you decide to train for a marathon you need to examine your motivation for running a marathon as it is this motivation that you will use to drive you on to complete one of the most gruelling and punishing athletic events a human can do.
You absolutely must be highly motivated to race a marathon. You cannot approach it meekly, you cannot accept defeat, your motivation has to be overriding.
So why do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to get fit? Is it for the sense of achievement (less than 1% of the world’s population have completed a marathon)? Do you want to impress your friends? Is it something on a to do list? Running for charity? We must reiterate that whatever your reason is for running a marathon it must be highly compelling. Most people who train for a marathon quit before the race, a lot cannot finish the race. Many that do finish the race do not achieve a respectable finishing time.
So you think you are mentally prepared for the challenges ahead? That is good. Now we must complete our other preparation work.
Buy a good pair of running trainers. Finally remove the insoles and buy specially designed running insoles. Running insoles are designed to fit your feet matching and supporting the arch and help to correct posture and optimise performance. They also help you to avoid injury.
Running is a great activity for burning calories. You will find that your body literally burns through everything that you give it, fat will melt away from your body and you will lose weight. It is recommended that you eat a high calorie diet, high in carbs with adequate amounts of protein and fat. Carbohydrates will be the fuel for your training and your eventual marathon. The great thing with a running regime is you can end up eating more than you were before and still lose weight. So if your goal is to lose weight marathon training will help you get there.
If you are running for an hour or more it is important to always carry fluids with you. Generally you will be drinking around 6-8 oz every 20 minutes or so. Vary the amounts based upon how you feel.
Rehydration is an important aspect of running, after a long run you will have shed a lot of water weight. It is recommended that you weigh yourself before and after a run and then aim to rehydrate back to the before weight.
Conclusion and to part 2
Thank you for reading part 1. Part 1 has dealt with preparation; part 2 will deal with the training aspects of running for a marathon. If you are looking to purchase running insoles for this activity we recommend you have a look at our range of sports insoles. Nuova Health stock the finest quality orthotics aimed at optimising running performance.