Over the last few months I have taken on several clients with Arthritis. I know what you’re thinking…“arthritis, you must be careful when exercising”. Well yes, you do have to adapt some exercises depending on the infected joint, but they can still exercise.
Arthritis is most common in the hands, spine, hips and knees and some reasons for having arthritis may be surgery, obesity and genetic predisposition. Although pain and functional limitations present a challenge (I like a challenge it mixes things up!) it is important to know that you can use exercise to help manage the condition. Exercise will help support flexibility, strength and cardiovascular systems - if you don’t exercise you will find that that you may suffer from a functional decline (the technical term for saying it will get worse).
The major problem may be that people with arthritis believe that exercise will make the problem worse, so they stay well away. In fact, generally reported that exercise can help reduce pain, inflammation, fatigue and slow down the progress of the condition. If there are as many as 8 million people suffering from arthritis in the UK, how many are not doing everything because they are afraid of aggravating the problem?
I’m not saying that exercise is the cure, and I would not train all types of arthritis sufferers in the same way, for example I would not train someone with osteoarthritis in the same way as someone with rheumatoid arthritis, because with particular types of arthritis you must avoid high impact, loading on the spine, standing on one leg and heavy lifting - all these types of exercise can make the problem worse.
But, if you have arthritis there’s no need to be afraid of exercise, in fact you should embrace it, enjoy it, and live life to the full. Like most diseases you can either give up or you can take the bull by the horns and do something about it.
If you would like some more information on arthritis, have a look at the NHS website or if you would like to talk to me about how I can train you and see if we can help with your arthritis, then contact me ……