As you get older and your arthritis pain worsens, it becomes more difficult to carry out everyday tasks. Things such as walking, kneeling, climbing stairs, eating, and cleaning and housework can - quite literally - be a pain! Can you relate?
Thankfully, there's a solution to this - and it doesn't involve any arthritis pain medication! According to a spanking new study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, exercising for as little as 45 minutes per week can help older adults with arthritis to function better and remain able to do their everyday tasks.
Study finds that exercising for 45 minutes per week can help older adults relieve arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness
For the study, researchers from Northwestern University in the USA looked at over 1,600 adults aged 49 and up. Each study subject suffered from arthritis
or stiffness in their knees, hips or feet.
Researchers discovered that study subjects who did at least 45 minutes of moderate exercise
per week were a whopping 80% more likely to sustain or improve their physical day-to-day function over a two-year period compared to subjects who did less exercise
Researchers noted that by moderate exercise, they referred to activities like brisk walking or jogging.
What’s more, researchers found that older adults who suffered from joint pain
and stiffness had to continue exercising to remain able to do their everyday tasks and be functionally independent.
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Can you help me with my pain?
Your knees burn, finger crack and back throbs, yet modern medicine doesn’t have the slightest clue on how to solve it.
Our doctors and our government have us trapped in an “endless pain
They prescribe drugs that mask your aches, pains, arthritis
and more – but that’s where it stops.
They last a few short hours – and then you need more.
Federal guidelines say that arthritis sufferers should do 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week – but researchers say that even one-third of that amount is beneficial
The researchers reported that only about 10% of older adults in America who suffer from arthritis in their knees meet the federal guidelines, which state that they should partake in 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
That said, they believe that doing even about one-third of that amount of activity per week can still be very beneficial to arthritis sufferers and help to ease pain
Study author Dorothy Dunlop, a professor of rheumatology and preventive medicine at Northwestern’s School of Medicine in Chicago, reported in a university news release, “Even a little activity is better than none.”
“For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic. But even achieving this less rigorous goal will promote the ability to function and may be a feasible starting point for older adults dealing with discomfort in their joints,” Dunlop added.
Dunlop concluded that the more exercise that arthritis sufferers do, the greater health benefits they’ll enjoy. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get moving!
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