Keeping active has always proven to be a great solution to a lot of physical issues. Now it seems that intensity training may help reduce arthritis pains. “It’s a disease that sneaks up on you. Fingers and toes slowly but surely become stiff and painful. A nice morning stretch is no longer all it takes to get your body moving. Arthritis is a chronic illness that sinks its claws into your body, and causes inflammation in your joints.
Arthritis can destroy your joints, which causes weakness and loss of movement. Patients with arthritis often have reduced endurance, and an are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Affects three times as many women as men
Arthritis affects about one per cent of the population, and about three times as many women as men. Mostly adults are affected, but the disease can occur in children as well. Treatment helps to ease symptoms, but the disease is chronic.
“This is why it is especially important for arthritis patients to keep fit and work on their cardiovascular endurance,” says Anja Bye, a researcher at the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine — Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at NTNU.
Until now, however, there has been little documentation of how exercise actually affects arthritic joints.”
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