Strength Training Lessens Arthritis Pain

(CARLSBAD, CA) – You may think that weight-training exercises will worsen your symptoms. Perhaps you even avoid exercise due to fear that you’ll be laid-up for days. If that’s the case, then it’s time to re-think your aversion to exercise. In fact, a little bit of load-bearing exercise is just what the doctor ordered.

Dozens of research studies conducted within the past year show the benefits of exercise for people who suffer from arthritis. Some of the positive effects are:

  • Decreased Pain – Whether you suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, increasing your muscle strength with weight-bearing exercise allows your muscles to act as shock absorbers, thus lessening pain in your joints. Tufts University researchers documented a 43 percent decrease in pain among arthritis patients who participate regularly in strength training.

  • Better Bones – Tufts University researchers also report that strength-training exercises can help build bone mass in arthritis patients. Post-menopausal women are particularly vulnerable to bone loss, typically losing up to two percent of bone mass every year. But, regular strength training counteracts that process. After just six months of exercise, researchers report a measurable difference.

  • No More Moody Blues – Strength-training not only builds a healthy physique, but also helps to fight depression. A recent study conducted at Harvard University indicates that strength training produces some of the same results as taking an antidepressant.

  • Sweeter Dreams – If arthritis pain is keeping you up at night, then it’s definitely time to give weight-training exercises a try. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill learned that poor quality of sleep is rampant among those with arthritis. However, a systematic strength-training regimen can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply, and awaken less often.

  • Slimmer Physique – Strength training is an important element in trimming your waistline because it increases your resting metabolic rate. A regular weight-training regimen, about 2-3 times per week, will stoke your metabolism by as much as 15 percent.

Ready to get started? Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests keeping these things in mind when you’re about to begin pumping iron:

  • Start Slow – Your body needs time to adjust to your new fitness regimen. Start slow and gradually increase the resistance and number of repetitions.

  • Get Help – Work with a fitness professional for your first few sessions to ensure that you are using safe form.

  • Listen Up – Always listen to your body. Strength training should require effort, but it should not cause pain.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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