Running the Sedentary Out of Rheumatoid Arthritis Living

2009-11-12 | |
Last updated: 2009-11-12

Why Are Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis Not As Active As They Should Be?

Now some people might be quick to blame those with RA for not taking the initiative to become active despite their pain. However, in many cases the rheumatologists have been partially to blame for encouraging a more sedentary lifestyle. In a study completed by the University of Florida, researchers found that almost 70% of the time, rheumatologists underestimated the ability of their patients to work and exercise when compared to what patients indicated they themselves were able to do.

The result of this is that patients have received less encouragement to be active or in some cased have been discouraged from physical activity when it could be helpful.

How Beneficial Is Exercise To Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

This is unfortunate because active living is especially beneficial for those with RA. In a study from 2007 published in the Oxford Journal of Rheumatology, researchers found that exercise ranging anywhere from low to high intensity was associated with improvements in disease symptoms and with general ability to function day-to-day.

In another article published in the American College of Rheumatology, researchers indicated that patients aged 40 to 70 who exercised 30 to 60 minutes 3 times per week had decreased feelings of pain and fatigue. In a similar study completed at the University of Georgia, researchers determined more specifically that patients who were involved in only low intensity aerobic exercise were able to reduce levels of fatigue by 65% and increase energy levels by 20%. Lastly, in a study from the Netherlands, researchers found that those who took part in a two year program of high intensity exercise were able to both maintain muscle strength and prevent an increase in disease activity.

These findings are significant because they offer those with the RA some ability to control symptoms and slow progression of the disease.

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