Rheumatoid arthritis | high intensity exercise rheumatoid arthritis
Does intense exercise help or hurt rheumatoid
arthritis? The answer next… Rigorous Exercise Could Aid Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pain Rachel Lutz writing in MD reported arthritis
pain severity can be reduced with high-intensity training, such as cycling, according to a
study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Researchers from the Norwegian University
of Science and Technology studied seven women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) aged between
20 and 50 years in order to examine the effects of high-intensity training on their arthritis
pain, and to determine if these patients would tolerate exercise intensities above today’s
general recommendations. The patients performed high-intensity interval
training twice per week for 10 weeks on spinning bikes, consisting of four sessions of four
minute intervals at about 85-95 percent of the maximum heart rate. The researchers found that the high-intensity
interval training produced a 12.2 percent increase in the patients’ maximum oxygen
uptake and a 2.9 percent improvement in heart recovery rate. Additionally, body mass index,
body fat, and waist circumference in patients decreased by rates of 1.2, 1.0, and 1.6 percent,
respectively. Muscle mass increased by 0.6 percent in the patients.
Comment: It’s interesting that all the patients elected to continue the exercise program.
This is consistent with what I’ve observed with my patients. You’ve got to make regular
exercise as much of a habit as brushing your teeth.