An obvious remedy to obesity points to increased physical activity. Slow-motion, high-intensity strength training is on the rise for a multitude of people-but with an interestingly high percentage of those seeking arthritis relief to regain an active lifestyle. It’s these people-and no small number of them-who have found this specialized training their hope.
Although too early to tell for some, others rave about its positive results and the “whole” affect slow-motion strength training has on their wellbeing.
In the case of arthritis sufferers, workouts focused on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the joints with the ergonomically-correct, frictionless equipment are best. Strong muscles act as shock absorbers for the joints. If muscles are able to take pressure off of the joints during activities, there is less joint-related pressure and pain. According to recent reports, high-intensity, slow-motion technique can produce strength gains of up to 50% more than traditional methods.
Strength improvement, no matter how rapid, unquestionably plays a significant role in arthritis pain relief. People who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatologic conditions, are living testimony to the positive results slow movement, high intensity strength training offers. The evidence is ever increasing. One study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology, followed two groups of individuals with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis over four months.
Those who performed simple weight training exercises reported a 43% reduction in pain and a 44% improvement in overall physical functioning-walking, stair climbing, sitting, and standing-than compared to the non-exercising group. Conclusive studies like these sweep the nation with optimistic reports of dramatic reductions in clinical symptoms of arthritis and its disabilities. All this adds up to hope for arthritis sufferers and a greater opportunity to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
Strength Training Stats
- One 12-month study conducted on postmenopausal women at Tufts University found with just two days per week of progressive strength training 75 percent increase in strength, 1 percent gain in hip and spine bone density, and 13 percent increase in dynamic balance.
- In a recent New Zealand study of women 80 years of age and older showed a 40 percent reduction in falls with simple strength and balance training.
- Results from another study conducted at Tufts University showed that strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk for fractures among women aged 50 to 70.
Article written by Taru Fisher http://www.alivefitnessstudio.com/