Arthritis sufferers often think that exercise is out
of the question because of their condition.
Studies, however, have shown that exercise is an
essential part of arthritis management. Joint pain
and muscle weakness, two hallmarks of arthritis,
lead to loss of joint motion and muscle strength.
Inactivity can also lead to these losses. If a
person with arthritis is inactive, it compounds
motion and strength losses. Unfortunately, these
losses result in a decreased ability to carry out
daily functions. At first an arthritis sufferer may
have problems opening a jar or getting out of a
chair. Over a period of time, the loss of function
can become more serious, leaving a person unable to
dress without help.
“When consulting with arthritis sufferers, I find
they have a fear of exercise. They worry that
exercise will increase their pain or damage their
joints”, states Colleen Daily, owner of Daily
Fitness. “Actually the effects of appropriate
exercise are just the opposite. Exercise results in
less pain, both when a person is at rest and during
normal activities, and it can slow loss of
function. The disease process of arthritis is not
accelerated by exercise, in fact it can be
decreased. Fatigue is often cited as a reason for
not exercising. But the truth is exercise will
result in increased energy over time.”
The American College of Sports medicine has
developed exercise guidelines for healthy older
adults. These guidelines are applicable, with some
modifications for arthritis sufferers. The
traditional components of an exercise program
include aerobic, strength, and flexibility training.
“We incorporate all three of these in our customized
Daily Fitness programs.” states Colleen. Our
personal trainers use an assessment test with each
individual to determine strengths and weaknesses.
From there, they build a program that addresses the
areas that need improvement.” To schedule a free
personal training consultations, or find out more
about Daily Fitness services, call 623-256-7901.