Pastimes can keep mind and body fit

| Jan. 2009

Because of arthritis, I’m not as active as I used to be. However, I do what I can.

I garden a little, but I can only manage to pull weeds for a few minutes at a time.

I also do exercises from the Sit and Be Fit program on public television. I have hours of tape, so I can do exercises whenever it’s best for me. I also do exercises that the physical therapist suggested for my arthritis.

I do keep my mind active. I work the crossword puzzle in the newspaper every morning, and I read before I go to bed. I also read during the day when I sit down for a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea.

I subscribe to a magazine that has logic problems in it. I also quilt, sew, crochet and knit to keep my mind sharp.

When company comes, we play cards. I also play in a euchre tournament once a week. When the grandchildren come over, I play board games with them.

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