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Battling Arthritis with Exercise

Linda Stultz
Certified Fitness Trainer

You donít have to be older to suffer the aches and pains of arthritis. It can hit anyone at any age. There are so many studies out there, sometimes it is confusing to know which one will help you. The best thing to do is check with your doctor. Since he knows you and your medical history, he can steer you in the right direction.

What works for one person doesnít always work for another. When you try something new, give it a chance. Donít give up after just a few days or even a few weeks. The body has a natural way of healing itself, if given a chance and a little help now and then. Keep trying new things and you just may find the one that works for you. Speaking of trying new and different things: try "EXERCISE." Exercise is not new. In fact, it is one of those natural ways the body takes care of and repairs itself. The new part comes in because in todayís world, so many people are too inactive and do not get the exercise they need. Many people think they get enough exercise from their jobs or taking care of the kids. Heaven knows that keeps you busy, but it is not the kind of exercise the body needs to keep those body parts moving in their best capacity.

We all need to set aside a little time, at least three times a week, for exercise. Everyone, especially older people, needs to keep those legs and arms moving. Take a walk, do arm circles, lift a can of beans over your head. You donít have to do a long workout to achieve helpful benefits; just do a little each day. Meet a friend, take a walk, talk over the dayís happenings and lift a little weight.

Exercise is the hope of our future. Computers are great, but they donít keep our bottoms from broadening and they donít keep our legs moving.

Remember, keep moving. Youíll be glad you did.

 

If you have any questions or need help getting started, please call me 717-334-6009, or via e-mail at fitness@emmitsburg.net

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