Arthritis, with its joint pain and stiffness, affects over 350 million people globally and is a leading cause of disability.
Yet, there's a myth that exercise could make it worse. Let's bust that myth right away!
Exercise is actually your friend in managing arthritis. The Mayo Clinic states, "Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis." Here's why:
- When you’re strong and flexible, you move easier, with less stiffness.
- Exercise reduces joint pain and fatigue. Regular activity replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of the joint. And stronger muscles protect your joints.
- Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, reducing the pressure put on joints.
- Exercise is important for bone density, with strength training especially so. This also protects from fractures.
- Arthritis often coexists with other health issues like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, highlighting the importance of managing it effectively.
Here’s the bottom line: Exercise is not your enemy! In fact, it's a powerful tool in the fight against arthritis. It strengthens muscles, improves bone health, boosts energy, and enhances balance. By staying active, you reclaim your health, mobility, and a better quality of life.
Arthritis is the No. 1 cause of disability. But exercise is your secret weapon for a more active and fulfilling life now and in the future.
Sources: Global RA Network, The Arthritis Foundation, Mayo Clinic
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Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.