Ever heard of Newton’s law… a body at rest stays at rest and a body in motion stays in motion? This is especially true of the human body. Humans were made to MOVE!
Think about it, you wake up in the morning and you are stiff and sore but once you start moving around, you feel so much better. Likewise, when you sit for too long, your back, your neck, and your shoulders start to ache. Now there are times after a significant injury or surgery that you must rest, but otherwise, getting up and moving around is good for you- even if you are in pain and you don’t really feel like it… especially if you don’t feel like it!
Resting may feel good temporarily, but the long-term effects of inactivity will take their toll. A sedentary lifestyle may lead to obesity which in turn will increase the stress on your joints like your spine, hips, and knees. Some may experience depression which often associated with chronic pain and fatigue. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
The bottom line is that movement is good! According to Stanford senior research scientist, Bonnie Bruce, DRPH, MPH, RD, those who exercise regularly have 25% less musculoskeletal pain that their couch-bound peers). In a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, arthritis sufferers experienced 25% less pain and 16% less stiffness after 6 months of low-impact exercise like balance and strengthening moves (www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips-10reasons-move).
The key is finding something that you enjoy doing. Maybe that’s going for a walk, maybe that’s riding your bike, or maybe that’s taking a group fitness class. Here are some suggestions:
5,6,7,8 Let’s Dance. This is a low impact class in which our instructor will lead you through some easy-to-follow dance steps. You will learn old favorites in addition to some of the latest line dances. Class incorporates a variety of music styles like the Oldies, Rock, Pop, Country, Latin, and R&B. You don’t need any experience and you don’t need a partner. 5,6,7,8 Let’s Dance is offered on Mondays at 8:00 a.m.
Those who suffer from arthritis often do well with pool exercises. Many people enjoy water aerobics because the instructor can guide you through the exercises and you have the company of others to make exercising more enjoyable. We offer water aerobics on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Believe it or not, spin is a good option for those with arthritis. It is a non-weight bearing workout that can be as tough or as easy as you want/ need it to be. The instructor is there to motivate you and guide you, but you are in control of the resistance and whether you sit or stand during the class! Spin is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.