Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Favorite Date Nights & Pain Reliever

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a list of active
date nights & activities that are not only fun but you can do even if you have arthritis {and that celebrate the younger you inside}. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatInconvenience #CollectiveBias
The Summer before my Sophomore year in High School, I tore my ACL on my left leg, while attending a Summer Volleyball camp at my local college.

The months that followed where some of the hardest I had ever endured as I struggled to walk and agonized over the pain & discomfort of tearing a ligament and shattering my meniscus. Fast forward fifteen years, and I still have traces of that pain when I'm resting and of course when I'm active. But I know that I'm my happiest when I'm being active & exploring the world around me, so I always carry the right pain reliever with me to combat the side affects of living with arthritis{Advil EZ Open}!
When the doctors said my arthritis would kick in when I was twenty, I naively thought I would be the exception and that my leg would somehow miraculously get better without surgery{but I wasn't and it didn't}. And sure enough, like clockwork the constant nagging pain has persisted ever since I turned twenty. Even though it's still manageable at this point, I am worried that the pain will only magnify with age.
Luckily I married someone who shares my passion for adventure & the outdoors, so staying active after getting arthritis has been somewhat easy {since it's our lifestyle}. But I do make sure to always have Advil handy just in case the pain flares up {because nothing's proven stronger on Arthritis and other joint pain}.*
 Side note: Have you seen the new packaging for the EZ open cap by Advil? 
It totally caught my eye as I was shopping at Walmart last week and it looks like it'll be perfect for people struggling with Arthritis!
Thankfully my arthritis hasn't reached a debilitating state yet and I can still easily treat it and enjoy life, but you never know when your health might take a turn for the worse {so, I picked one up:)}.
Although dinner and a movie is fun from time to time, it's also nice to switch things up and try something you've never done before! At least that's what I tell Kyle:D. Plus it's always more memorable!
Alright here's our favorite Active Date Nights:
Paddleboarding{SUP}-Okay, well this is just my all time favorite thing to do, date or no date, so it definitely has a spot on here:)! I love how easy it is to soak up the serenity of nature, while slightly working out. I say slightly because you're just balancing yourself and paddling, not the hardest workout by any means, but it can be a challenge like if there's a current or waves.
Tennis-This will always be one of my favorite things to do with my husband {since it's how we met}. What I love most about Tennis, is that it's challenging every time you step foot on the court and yet it's also easy enough to modify so you can continue to play throughout your lifetime.
Hiking-It doesn't have to be a monster trail, just somewhere you can be surrounded by nature! It's great for your overall health yet it's not too taxing on your body. Plus, you have plenty of time to chat, and get to know your significant other. 
Dancing- Wether it's at home to your own tunes or at a club/studio, this one is an easy way to relax, let loose and have fun. And, it's incredibly flirtatious, who doesn't love that?
Rock climbing- This can be incredibly difficult depending on where you're climbing {ie. indoor wall/mountain} , but it is so much fun and afterwards you feel like you completed an incredible feat! 
Kayaking- Although this may take a bit of coordination to get in sync at first, it's really fun and helps to build good communication and trust. 

Okay, your turn~What are some of your favorite date nights? 
Do you have joint pain or aches that make you second guess being active?

*Disclaimer: Ask a doctor before use if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn.

*For minor arthritis pain. Among OTC pain relievers.