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Busting Myths Around Osteoarthritis & Strength Training – Do YOU Want Less Joint Pain?

By Jenna Polreis / June 21, 2024

It’s no secret that living with osteoarthritis can be challenging. However, at the Fitness Lair, we know that the right exercise regimen, especially one that includes strength training, can make a significant difference in managing your pain and improving your quality of life. 

There are A LOT of myths out there about arthritis. As a physiotherapist, I have seen time and time again how incorrect thoughts about arthritis can limit people from engaging in the very thing that will help their joint pain the most – exercise!

It often surprises people to learn that we have several programs at the Lair that are perfect for those with arthritis. We hear from our members time and time again, how much their aches and pains have improved after a few weeks and months of resistance training. 

“My shoulders were so stiff and felt frozen when I started. I am amazed at the flexibility I have now. I also could not get down on the floor when I started. I can now do it with not much difficulty.”
– Emily, Fit for Function Class Member 

We understand how scary it can be to join an exercise program when you are in pain though. “How can movement be what makes me feel better when it’s the very thing that hurts?” Well – let’s start by busting some common myths about arthritis and discuss how the Lair can help you decrease your joint pain.

MYTH 1: Strength Training Will Worsen Osteoarthritis Pain

*Reality*: Proper strength training can actually reduce pain and improve joint function. Strengthening the muscles around your joints provides better support and stability, reducing stress and alleviating pain. 

MYTH 2: People with Osteoarthritis Should Avoid Exercise

*Reality*: Avoiding exercise can lead to muscle weakness and joint stiffness, making osteoarthritis symptoms worse. Regular, moderate exercise, including strength training, improves joint health, increases range of motion, and reduces pain. 

MYTH 3: Rest Is the Best Treatment for Osteoarthritis

*Reality*: While rest is important, especially during flare-ups, regular physical activity is essential for managing osteoarthritis. My favourite saying is, “motion is lotion!”.

“At my age, arthritic pain seems to occasionally show up for no apparent reason. I’ve found that an organized exercise program with an exercise coach helps these pains to show up less frequently. It also gives you a good feeling of achievement and it has improved my strength.” – Vern, Men’s Resistance Class Member

Myth 4: Joint Replacements Are Inevitable

*Reality*: While some people may eventually need joint replacements, many can effectively manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes, including strength training, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying active. 

Myth 5: If Exercise Causes Pain, It Should Be Avoided

*Reality*: Some discomfort is normal as your body adapts to new exercises. However, it’s important to differentiate between muscle soreness and joint pain. Our experienced coaches work with you to ensure you’re exercising safely and effectively, making adjustments as needed to keep you comfortable.

“I have fairly bad arthritis in both knees and other areas too. Since joining the ladies resistance class I have made major gains in function and self esteem. As I got older the little things like climbing stairs, getting on and off the toilet, in and out of a car and the tub were getting more difficult. These things are now much easier, making daily life more enjoyable. Because strong muscles take the pressure off the joints my pain has been reduced also. The coaching at the gym is excellent and all movements can be scaled to whatever level you are at. There is no judgement, everyone works at their own level and we all celebrate when someone makes a personal gain. It is fun and I have made new friends. The social aspect of it is one of the things that keeps me going  back. [I’ve found that] keeping moving is the best treatment for arthritis and the gym is a real motivator.” – Wendy, Ladies Resistance Class Member

If you are looking to decrease your joint pain, improve your quality of life and maintain your independence as you age, we would love to work with you! Our dedicated team is committed to helping you manage osteoarthritis through individualized strength training programs. 

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