Why is resistance exercise important for arthritis?

Resistance exercise counters the loss of muscle tissue, known as sarcopenia, that occurs with ageing from about the age of 35. Resistance training is also good for bone health as the action of tendons, which are attached to muscles, pulling on bone protects against declines in bone mineral density.

The obvious benefit of staying strong is being able to push, pull, carry and lift things. Your posture will improve and you will look more toned. As you get older the risk of falls increases and having the muscle strength and power to recover when you lose balance is crucial.

Also known as strength or weight training, this is when you move against a resistance provided by your own body weight and gravity, bands or weights like dumb bells, barbells, kettlebells, weight bags, plates, etc. Isometric exercise can also be useful as part of a resistance programme.

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