Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Arthritis Exercise - One Way to Relieve Pain & Stiffness in Your Joints (part 1)


Exercise can be very beneficial for arthritis sufferers, often relieving stiffness in joints, strengthening muscles thereby reducing stress on joints, keeping bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy, and increasing flexibility. A recommended 30-minute minimum of daily activity is the norm. Before starting any exercise program, it is vital that one speak to their doctor to ensure there are no unseen risks, however you will find that most doctors recommend exercise for their arthritis patients either on their own initiative or when asked.

The types of exercises suggested vary; however, with all types of exercise the warm-up is the starting point. Warming up is best started with applying warm compresses to the joints, followed by mild stretching. Range of motion exercises, such as dance, are a very good start, as are low-impact aerobics. These can relieve stiffness and increase flexibility. Never discount the effectiveness of walking as an exercise. Walking is a great exercise to improve the arthritic condition, and carrying weights as light as one pound and using your arms as you walk can involve the whole body. The "trick" is to make walking interesting enough as an exercise to stay motivated. Try walking in different settings, alternating walking with dance on different days, and of course including a partner can be much more interesting than going at it alone.

Using aquatics: exercising in a pool-is a great way to exercise as well. Water is an excellent aid because it provides resistance that builds muscle in the entire body while reducing shock to the joints at the same time. Additionally, because the whole body tends to become involved in aquatic exercise the added benefit of cardiovascular exercise is enjoyed. If at all possible, find a heated pool to work out in. Warm water is soothing to the joints and will cause the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation. With that in mind, it is often beneficial to add using a spa to your regimen, perhaps after your workout, in order to provide some soothing jets of water to your muscles and even more help with increased circulation, which is always vital when dealing with arthritis.

If you still want more variety, you may want to try yoga. Yoga is a general term for several stretching, and pose-oriented exercises originating in India, and is extremely beneficial toward achieving flexibility and reducing stress physically and mentally. There are gentle forms of yoga such as Hatha Yoga that are excellent to start with. Hatha Yoga comprises of gentle stretches and simple poses that help flexibility and balance, and are easy to learn and enjoy. Check your local activities paper or section of your local paper to see if there are any yoga classes near you.

Written by Shelley Hitz, Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified NASM Personal Trainer. If you have arthritis, she can design an online exercise program for you! Contact her today at http://www.onlinefitnesscoach.com or sign up for her FREE Exercise Advice Journal at http://www.abs-exercise-advice.com/journal.html


MORE RESOURCES:

Fitness Friday: Exercise for Mental Health
Wink News
Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin' bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. Regardless of age or fitness level, studies show that making time for ...



Why The Pushup Is The World's Greatest Exercise
Huffington Post
But, like any challenging exercise, that means form is paramount. You're better off doing 10 modified pushups with perfect form than five full pushups with hunched shoulders or a drooping neck or hips. You'll work the same core, chest and arm muscles ...



One More Reason to Love Both Exercise and an Aspirin
Parade
A third study this week reaffirms that our blood vessels become “stiffer” as we age, which may contribute to cognitive changes. It suggests simply that physical exercise can preserve vessel elasticity—one more reason to get moving and make aerobic ...

and more »


Specialists point to exercise as preventive medicine
Fox News Latino
Physical exercise is the most effective preventive medicine against ailments like diabetes and is an effective remedy for problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, experts taking part in a forum here said. What the pharmaceutical industry ...

and more »


Are these Britain's fittest women? Five gym bunnies say exercise hasn't just ...
Daily Mail
Stevie embraced exercise as much for its mental benefits as the physical effects. 'I wanted to pull myself out of the hole. So when I saw an advert for the Insanity workout DVDs, I phoned up immediately. At first, it was so hard – after each session ...



Notice Of Exercise Of Warrants To The Certificate Holders Of PreferredPLUS ...
MarketWatch
On the Exercise Date, 1,000,000 of the Securities will become due and payable at an exercise price equal to $25.00 for each security being exercised plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the Exercise Date (the "Exercise Price"). From ...

and more »


Brain Area Drives Exercise, Reward Motivation
Medscape
The brain's dorsal medial habenula (dMHb) may be responsible for an individual's motivation to exercise and participate in other potentially rewarding activities, a finding that could lead to improved depression treatment.



Exercise in Korea strengthening Pacific partnerships
United States Army (press release)
The exercise further strengthened the combined defense and enhanced the readiness of South Korea, the United States Combined Forces and U.N. sending nations, said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of the Combined Forces Command.
Soldiers Redeploy After South Korea ExerciseDepartment of Defense
US, SKorea Quietly End Ulchi Freedom GuardianMilitary.com

all 4 news articles »


Stars and Stripes

US, South Korea quietly end Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise
Stars and Stripes
Approximately 50,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. troops — about 3,000 of whom were brought in from outside the peninsula — took part in this year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a computer-simulation exercise described by the U.S. as “routine and ...
U.S. officials visited N. Korea before joint exercise: reportGlobalPost
US, South Korea End Joint Military Exercise EarlierBernama

all 306 news articles »


Eating and Exercise Needs to Be Part of Heart-Health Counseling, Say Docs
TIME
We know how to lower our risk of heart disease, yet it remains the leading killer of Americans year after year. That's because the most powerful ways to fend off heart attacks and strokes are also the hardest. Changing our diet and exercise habits ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.