New research from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology suggests that High Intensity Interval Training* could help ease Arthritis pain.
Arthritis causes inflammation in joints and both weakness and loss of movement. And although there is treatment to help ease symptoms, the disease is chronic.
“This is why it is especially important for arthritis patients to keep fit and work on their cardiovascular endurance,” says Anja Bye, a researcher at the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine – Cardiac Exercise Research Group at NTNU.
The study tested 18 women between the ages of 20 and 49 to conclude that “moderate intensity work-out sessions can help improve endurance without inducing pain or inflammation, or damaging joints,” says Bye.
Warming up for ten minutes at 70 per cent of their maximum pulse, participants completed four repetitions of high intensity (85-95 per cent of max pulse) four-minute intervals. The break between each interval was about three minutes and the total work-out session lasted about 35 minutes.
The results were positive -“we saw a tendency for there to be less inflammation, and the participants experienced a solid increase maximum oxygen intake, meaning that they reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease,” Bye said.
*High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is a technique in which you give all-out effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods.
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