Exercise is a certified mode of treatment for many health issues and conditions. This doesn’t mean that exercise is always a cure, but as in the examples of Multiple Scleroses and Diabetes, exercise can definitely help manage many of the symptoms and deter degeneration from these disorders.
This means, that before one begins an exercise regiment or participation in any form of progressive activity, one needs to thoroughly research that mode of activity and its relation to their personal health needs.
Strength training is great for deterring and improving symptoms of osteoporosis, where Yoga and Pilates are well known for both rheumatoid and osteo arthritis. Yet, yoga is not a weight bearing activity, therefore is not considered an effective mode of exercise for someone with osteoporosis. In addition, strength training can actually agitate many forms of arthritis. I have witnessed many cases of fitness center members who have come to the gym with an exercise that they copied from a friend or read in a magazine and don’t realize that they are doing themselves more harm than good. It is understandable that a common person wouldn’t know the threshold that lies within the functionality of an exercise to determine it’s physiological effect and applications. Therefore, please seek adequate background information. Use a credible source to research your particular health conditions and the known modes of exercise and activities that will have a positive effect on your health, also, consult a physical therapist for advice and suggestions on how to focus your workout.
A word beyond the scientific aspect, realistically prioritize your health issues. Unless being overweight is causing a health issue, it is a secondary concern. Let vanity be secondary to function. Improving your appearance is a side effect to exercise. Focus on improving your overall wellness, health and physical capability. Your body will then begin to reflect its improvement on the surface.
Jamil Rammon, CPT.Aide