Arthritis is a condition that approximately 49.7 percent of adults aged 65 and older in the US suffer from; arthritis (rather, osteoarthritis – the most comment form) is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage protecting the joints.
Thanks to a study done by professor Dorothy Dunlop of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, it is said that even though physical activity can be challenging for adults with arthritis, it can benefit in managing a patients condition and maintain physical functioning
“Egaging in physical activity can reduce pain and help to maintain mobility and independence for older adults with arthritis, but current exercise recommendations are often unachievable for this population. Now, however, a new study finds that exercising for just 45 minutes is enough to reap the benefits.”
Their studies showed that older adults who engaged in just 45 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week were 80 percent more likely to maintain or improve their physical functioning than those who did not.
“Even a little activity is better than none. For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic.”
With a little exercising and stretching we would all be better off; another study done by Aladdin Shadyab, Ph.D. says that low physical activity seemed to account for an 8-year biological age gap between those who exercised and those who did not.
The many studies done on the negative effects of sedentary life styles is enough for us here at 4MD Medical to have complied a list of exercise basics to get started on the right track;
The patented Stretch Out® Strap delivers the benefits of assisted stretching without a partner. Multiple loops permit deep, gradual stretching of major muscle groups with greater safety, control and effectiveness than is possible unaided.
Stretching ankles and calves has a number of health benefits. Improving flexibility and range of motion in the ankles can reduce risk of injury and provide for more efficient movement.
Exercise balls are used to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and even just for fun. Balls are used as aids for vestibular movement and equilibrium therapy, by fitness professionals as an aid for stretching and strength programs.
The Thera-Band FlexBar is a lightweight, easy-to-grip, portable resistance exerciser for improving dexterity, mobility and grip strength; and for rehabilitating and strengthening hands, wrists, forearms and shoulders.