Exercising The Right Way Eases Arthritis Pain
Although there are over 100 different types of arthritis, including lupus, gout, fibromyalgia and many more, the type of arthritis that affects most people is osteoarthritis. Over 70 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, a number that is expected to grow as the population ages. While most of these people with osteoarthritis are older adults, some people with this form of arthritis have had injuries from repeated use or developed the disease as a result of a genetic predisposition.
While these numbers and facts may not make you feel any better, Dr. Basia Belza, associate professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems in the University of Washington School of Nursing, has something that will: moderate physical activity or exercise that you do on a consistent basis.
"Research shows us that people with arthritis can exercise safely and reap many benefits: they have reduced pain, they improve their overall function and they have better moods," Belza says. "There is no research that shows exercise will worsen your arthritis, assuming that you are