As we get older, almost all of us have aches and pains.
Your hips might hurt when you get out of a chair. Your knees may be stiff when you wake up in the morning. You may feel a twinge in your shoulders when you raise your arms.
All of these things are signs you have osteoarthritis.
In the back of your mind, you wonder if and when it will turn into a full-blown disability that will mean you won’t be able to do the things you love…or even care for yourself and live independently.
Now, new research shows that 10 minutes a day of one easy activity allows seniors to stay physically active and stave off disability brought on by osteoarthritis pain.
The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers reviewed four years of data covering about 1,500 osteoarthritis patients. All the patients had stiffness and pain in their lower body joints from osteoarthritis.
Scientists found that about an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week—less than 10 minutes a day–allowed subjects to maintain the ability to do daily tasks such as dress themselves…or cross the street before a traffic light changed.
Brisk walking is one example of the sort of exercise researchers found was effective.
Exercise Is the Key to Managing Osteoarthritis
Professor Dorothy Dunlop was lead author on the study. She said she hopes the findings will inspire arthritis patients to try to exercise for at least 10 minutes a day.
If you are inactive, Professor Dunlop says you can start slowly until you reach an hour a week. “People can work up to that,” she said.
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