Research has shown that regular exercise activity can help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. However, a new study suggests that the majority of 46 million arthritis sufferers in the United States are not getting enough – or any – exercise. The Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine released a study that shows only 13 percent of men and 8 percent of women afflicted with various forms of arthritis meet federal guidelines of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity per week. Either these people are not aware of benefits of physical activity, or they are afraid it will exacerbate their symptoms says Beaufort fitness experts. However, a well-planned Beaufort fitness program will bring them a measure of comfort and relief from all the pain and stiffness.
Beaufort personal trainers point out that exercise will benefit arthritis sufferers in a number of ways. It will help maintain a normal range of movement, improve muscle strength and flexibility, and keep bones and all the tissue around them stronger. Another major benefit of a regular exercise or Beaufort fitness routine is that it will help with weight loss and maintenance. That is very important because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 66 percent of adult arthritis patients in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
Obesity is a known risk factor in the onset of arthritis and the subsequent deterioration of this condition. That’s because carrying the extra weight strains and tears the joints, so maintaining a healthy weight is a must – not only for arthritis relief, but also for prevention of heart disease and diabetes. This call to action is all the more pressing because the CDC says that, by 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans adults will likely have some form of arthritis – 20 million more people than present figures.
At EarthFIT, we recommend that arthritis sufferers who have been inactive but want to start exercising first seek their doctor’s permission. Then, ask a Beaufort fitness professional to create a program for you, taking into account the type of arthritis you suffer from, which joints are impacted, and the amount of inflammation you have. Working with a certified Beaufort personal trainer ensures that your program is not only effective, but also safe.
For example, flexibility exercises will increase your ability to move your joints through their full range. Strength training will build strong muscles that help support and protect the joints. There are numerous other exercises as well that will reduce your pain and stiffness, and improve your overall Beaufort fitness level at the same time.
Ian Hart is a Body-Mind Transformation expert, the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems, co-creator of BACK PAIN RELIEF4LIFE, and founder of BEAUFORTPERSONALTRAINING.COM and MYBACKPAINCOACH.COM. Ian and his team help people get into optimal shape in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible, using cutting edge science.