Did you know arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States? Number one. It painfully effects the lives of nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children nationwide.
The best defense? Exercise! The Arthritis Foundation proclaims May National Arthritis Awareness Month and they’re sending the message that moving is the best medicine.
Strength training is an especially effective type of exercise for combating painful arthritis symptoms. Research by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University showed that for older adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, strength training:
Decreased arthritis pain by 43%
Increased muscle strength
Improved physical function by 44%
Improved physical performance, quality of life and self-efficacy
Similar results have been seen in studies of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Why does strength training work so well against arthritis? Think of your muscles as shock absorbers for your joints. The stronger they are, the better they will cushion and support. Also, building muscle tissue fires up the body’s metabolism so it burns more calories and drops excess weight. Losing just 10 pounds removes 30 to 50 pounds of stress from your joints!
Sometimes, the first steps in starting a new strength training routine are the hardest, and that’s truer still if you battle joint pain every day. We want to help. First, talk to your doctor about whether strength training is appropriate for you. Second, visit your Koko FitClub and sign up for the new Arthritis HealthTrack. This year-long HealthTrack takes full advantage of Smartraining technology. There is no guess work, just a customized, progressive strength training program designed to improve your physical function and reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis. The program is safe, effective and optimized, in real-time, based on your body.
Once you are armed with the confidence that every Arthritis HealthTrack workout is the best it can be for your body, every time, with no guesswork required by you, you’ll find that starting a new strength routine to battle your arthritis isn’t hard at all.