LINCOLN PERSONAL TRAINER: EXERCISE WILL EASE PAINFUL JOINTS
(LINCOLN, NE September 8, 2011) - Research has shown that regular physical activity can help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. However, a new study suggests that the majority of 46 million arthritis sufferers in the United States are not getting enough - or any - exercise.
The just-released findings from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine show that only 13 percent of men and 8 percent of women afflicted with various forms of arthritis meet federal guidelines of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity per week.
"Either these people are not aware of benefits of physical activity, or they are afraid it will exacerbate their symptoms," says Matt Scott, a personal trainer at Lincoln Impact Fitness. "However, a well-planned exercise program will bring them a measure of comfort and relief from all the pain and stiffness."
Scott points out that exercise will benefit arthritis sufferers in a number of ways. "It will help maintain a normal range of movement, improve muscle strength and flexibility, and keep bones and all the tissue around them stronger," he says.
Another major benefit of a regular exercise routine is that it will help with weight loss and maintenance. That is very important, Scott says, because according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 66 percent of adult arthritis patients in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
"Obesity is a known risk factor in the onset of arthritis and the subsequent deterioration of this condition," Scott says. "That's because carrying the extra weight strains and tears the joints, so maintaining a healthy weight is a must - not only for arthritis relief, but also for prevention of heart disease and diabetes."
This call to action is all the more pressing because CDC says that, by 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans adults will likely have some form of arthritis - 20 million more people than currently.
For arthritis sufferers who have been inactive but want to start exercising, Scott recommends getting their doctor's permission first. Then, ask a fitness professional to create a program especially for you, taking into account the type of arthritis you suffer from, which joints are impacted, and the amount of inflammation you have. Working with a certified trainer ensures that your program is not only effective, but also safe.
"For example, flexibility exercises will increase your ability to move your joints through their full range. Strength training will build strong muscles that help support and protect the joints," Scott says. "There are numerous other exercises as well that will reduce your pain and stiffness, and improve your overall fitness level at the same time."
About Lincoln Impact Fitness:
Lincoln Impact Fitness is a one month fitness and lifestyle program (a/k/a IMPACT - Intense Mixed Performance Accelerated Cross Training) which incorporates all of the advanced training principles used by the fittest athletes and fitness models and combines it into a fun and productive group workout you can enjoy and see quick results from. The workouts are intense but are able to be modified to meet the different needs of various fitness levels and abilities. Program details and client testimonials are available at: www.lincolnimpact.com Matt Scott, a certified fitness expert with 5 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-937-8FIT (8348).
About Matt Scott, Fitness Expert:
Matt is a certified personal trainer through NASM, ACE and NESTA. In 2010 he made some huge changes in his own life, losing over 50 pounds. This process led him to become more involved in health and fitness and for him to discover his true passion for helping people change their lives. In 2010, Matt and wife Kristy founded the American Health and Fitness Institute, a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for childhood obesity and other fitness related issues facing kids in our community. Matt also has special training working with older adults and is the only AARP approved Certified Trainer in the Omaha and Lincoln area by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Matt can be reached at email@example.com or 402-937-8FIT (8348) and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.