Regular, Vigorous Exercise may Help Reduce Loss of Function due to Arthritis
A two-year study of 5,700 adults with arthritis found that
those who were regularly very active were less likely to develop problems that
interfered with their activities of daily living. Two thirds of the people did
not get regular exercise, and they had twice the risk of functional decline as
the other people in their age group. The activities during which they were less
able to function included walking a short distance, bathing, getting dressed,
preparing meals and shopping.
Exercise boosted the energy levels of those in the study
group, improved their general health and simply made them feel better.
If you’re interested in starting an exercise program, talk
with your doctor first. Then investigate programs in your area that emphasize
activities that are beneficial for people with arthritis, such as water aerobics
Rheumatism, April 2005