Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis

 
9781854109279: Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis

Athritis afflicts millions of people in Britain, and is the cause of often permanent and excruciating pain, extreme immobility and early retirement. This book shows the connection between a strength-training programme you can do at home, and the reduction - even prevention - of arthritis symptoms. The author's own research study has shown that this exercise programme resulted in: a 43 per cent reduction in pain; a 44 per cent improvement in physical function; and a 71 per cent improvement in strenth. The full programme, as set out in this book, offers: exercises to protect the joints and relieve stiffness and soreness; a scientifically-based eating plan to reduce inflammation and pain; a guide to the latest medications (in 2003); the true story behind complementary therapies - which work and which don't; and proven strategies for overcoming arthritis-related depression.

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Exercise, particularly strength training, can restore function and reduce the pain of arthritis, as Tufts research scientists have discovered. In Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis, the team of researchers, headed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., presents a home exercise program based on a study of 46 people with severe osteoarthritis of the knee. In four months, the group--who exercised in their homes with easy-to-find equipment--reported 43 percent less pain, 44 percent improved function, and 71 percent increased muscle strength.

The 16-week exercise program starts with a daily half-hour of core exercises and adds intensity and additional exercises after the first month. The program combines strength, aerobic, and flexibility exercises, with the main focus on strength training. You'll need dumbbells, ankle weights, and an exercise step (or staircase). Even newcomers to exercise will find the illustrated instructions simple enough and the level low enough to start immediately.

The program includes a nutritional plan to reduce stiffness and inflammation, emphasizing water, fruits, vegetables, and the right fatty acid ratios. The authors also discuss medications (they work best in combination with exercise and nutrition) and sort through alternative treatments.

Nelson is the well-known author of Strong Women Eat Well, Strong Women Stay Young, Strong Women Stay Slim, and Strong Women, Strong Bones. This title is highly recommended for arthritis sufferers who want to improve their quality of life. --Joan Price

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Miriam E. Nelson PhD is an associate professor and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in the US. Her news-making research has been featured prominently on Oprah, and in Time and Newsweek. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Her previous books, Strong Women Stay Young and Strong Women Stay Slim, are also published by Aurum Press.

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