How Curves Can Help Decrease Arthritis Pain
Exercising can actually decrease aches and pains caused by arthritis. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation1 says it’s the most effective non-drug treatment. In just 30 minutes, the circuit workout at Curves combines strength training, cardio, and stretching for a full-body workout that can reduce arthritis pain and improve your range of motion^. Here’s how:
Less weight on your joints equates to less pain. So burning extra calories while working out is a good thing, since you’ll be relieving stress on your knees and hips with low-impact exercises on the circuit. And we’re betting you won’t mind seeing a decreasing number on the scale, too.
It’s an old myth that strength training will only inflame the pain around your joints. The Arthritis Foundation recommends strength training to build and improve muscles around your joints. Think of it as building a little extra support and protection for your joints. For example, the leg extension/leg curl machine at Curves builds strong legs, making it easier for you to kick a soccer ball with your family and even put away the groceries.
Part of the 30-minute Curves Circuit includes cardiovascular exercise, which increases your stamina and can even reduce fatigue by working out your heart and lungs. Over time, you’ll find that aerobic exercise makes it easier to work your way up to more intense workouts, meaning more calories burned, more weight loss, and less pain.
Stretch it out
Every Curves workout includes increasing your flexibility through gentle stretches, relieving any stiffness you may feel. A Curves Coach will be there to help you work through the full span of movement of your joints. This is good news for your hips, shoulders, and knees, since improving your range of motion will also decrease your pain.
^Remember: While we believe that Curves can help decrease your arthritis pain, it’s always recommended you speak to your doctor regarding your exercise plans before beginning any fitness regimen.