Six Reasons to Walk...Story By: Becky Burgess

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2012-04-28 08:49:00 -0500
Started 2012-04-19 16:35:38 -0500

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Six Reasons to Walk

Walking benefits your muscles. Not using your muscles can result in a slight loss of function every day – and that’s particularly bad for someone with arthritis.

Among the chief reasons to walk: Without regular exercise, muscles become smaller and weaker, and weakness and weight gain from inactivity put stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees and ankles. “The process is slow and easily gives the impression that lack of activity isn’t really affecting you. However, many studies show that not using your muscles can lead to poor posture, limited range of motion and decreased strength,” says Bennett Harrell.

1. You can reduce OA pain. Quadriceps muscle weakness has been directly correlated with pain and disability in people with osteoarthritis (OA) a study reports.

2. You’ll improve your function. People with knee OA who were active in an exercise program reported less pain and better function, according to studies.

3. You’ll reap emotional benefits, too. Research shows that people who take part in their own care report less pain and make fewer doctor visits.

4. You’ll enjoy a better quality of life, according to the American College of Rheumatology Criteria for the Classification and Reporting of Osteoarthritis of the Hand.

5. You’ll be able to do more, longer. Aerobic walking and resistance exercise programs may reduce the incidence of disability in the activities of daily living of people who are older than 65 and have symptomatic OA, shows a study published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

6. You’ll see results. People who participate in aerobic activities, such as walking, have been shown to have improved aerobic capacity and shortened time for walking 50 feet as well as decreased depression and anxiety, compared to people who perform only range of motion exercises, according to studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Becky Burgess

17 Apr 2012, 10:24

I have active RA and Lupus…I found if I don't get up and move the stiffness and pain is worse…after sitting I find it takes a couple of minutes of standing before I can move but improves as I begin to move about so…move as much as possible and rest when you need it

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Young1s 2012-04-28 08:49:00 -0500 Report

I finally put some music on my phone. It makes taking walks so much easier. I took a new route yesterday and before I knew it, 40 minutes had passed. It's because I was paying more attention to the music and singing along, than I was to the walking itself. I probably looked silly and sounded winded, but I didn't care. It was the best time I've had on a walk since being diagnosed.

Nana_anna 2012-04-23 09:23:17 -0500 Report

Yes, this has happened to me. What they are talking about is true. I had those aches and pains, in my joints for along time. I have arthytis to. I am young, so I can start walking a little bit at a time. I have been for two week now. It was a painful start. But I am improving. Because I always exercised when I was younger, it wasn't so bad for me to get going again. Those that have never exercised, I don't know how they can manage on a daily basis. I just got lazy, and that doesn't help, a 5ft 3 inch frame either. I am in the process of getting on the move! I am feeling better and getting stronger everyday! You have to make yourself do it! It's hard, but we need to!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-22 22:29:52 -0500 Report

This is so true. What is the saying, "if you don't use it, you loose it". I just know it is hard to get moving when you hurt, but to correct some of the pain, you have to move, so it's like put up with the old pain and put up with the new pain your going to have until both pains finally subside? Wow, now I'm tired and I didn't do anything:D

jayabee52 2012-04-19 17:15:20 -0500 Report

I agree with you.

However I find it difficult to walk due to my burning neuropathy in my feet/lower legs. It really wears on me to walk for any distance and I have to take a nap afterwards.

Nana_anna 2012-04-21 11:44:07 -0500 Report

I know about the feet. Its hard on mine also. I can only go about twenty minutes and thats pushing it.