Arthritis can make it difficult to exercise, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on getting in shape. In this blog post, we will discuss how you can train clients with arthritis and help them get the most out of their workouts. We will cover different exercises that are safe for people with arthritis, and offer tips on how to stay motivated when working out. Let's get started!
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for a group of conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which results from wear and tear on the joints. Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Symptoms of arthritis can include pain, stiffness, and swelling. In severe cases, the joints may become deformed. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in adults over the age of 65. There are several treatments available for arthritis, including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.
But there still isn't a cure. This is important to remember because your clients will need to train safely. This is why it's always essential to get a doctor's permission before exercise — especially with a chronic condition.
How does exercise affect arthritis?
Most people know that exercise is important for maintaining their health, but did you know that it can also help to relieve arthritis pain?
Unfortunately, there are a few things that can go wrong when working out with arthritis. For example, if you exercise too vigorously, you may end up causing more inflammation and pain. Additionally, if you don’t warm up properly before exercising, you’re more likely to injure yourself. If you don’t use the proper form when lifting weights or performing other exercises, you could put unnecessary stress on your joints and muscles, which can aggravate your arthritis.
However, as long as you take things slowly and have your clients listen to their bodies, they can still enjoy the benefits of exercise without making arthritis worse.
What exercises are ideal for those suffering from arthritis?
Although arthritis can be painful and debilitating, many exercises can help to ease the symptoms and improve joint function.
For example, range-of-motion exercises help to maintain flexibility, while strength-building exercises can help to reduce pain and improve endurance.
However, it’s important to consult with a doctor or physical therapist before starting any new exercise regimen. They can help to tailor an exercise plan that meets your needs and abilities. Additionally, there are some general tips to keep in mind when exercising with arthritis. For instance, warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. This will help to prevent joint pain and stiffness. Also, be sure to use low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and yoga. These exercises put minimal stress on joints while still providing a good workout.
Finally, listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Overdoing it can make arthritis symptoms worse. By following these tips, you can stay active and healthy despite arthritis.
Getting Back in the Gym
Arthritis doesn't have to be a roadblock to working out — in fact, it can even improve quality of life. Always get a doctor's permission before starting any workout routine, and then find workouts that are easier on the joints like swimming or biking. Finally, encourage clients to be compassionate with themselves when they feel fatigue or illness. This will help them stay on track in the long run. By following these simple tips, you can help your clients manage their arthritis while still getting in a great workout.
If you would like to know more about training clients with arthritis, check out Christine Conti's Arthritis Exercise Integration course today!