Diane L.Elliot,Linn Goldberg

The Healing Power of Exercise

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* Increase bone health
* Offer relief for arthritis and back pain
* Lower your risk of developing certain cancers
* Lower high cholesterol and improve triglyceride levels
* Treat heart disease
* Slow (and even reverse) aging
* Burn fat and build muscle
* Reduce your risk of developing glaucoma
* Elevate your mood and fight depression
* Boost your energy level
Do you have the time to exercise 90 to 120 minutes a week (that's just 30 to 40 minutes three times a week)? If you do, medical studies indicate that you can accomplish a death-defying act. You will feel better, roll back your physiological clock, and gain more benefits than from any potion or pill ever invented. In The Healing Power of Exercise, Drs. Linn Goldberg and Diane Elliot--two of the top medical experts in the field of exercise therapy--share with everyone their vast knowledge about the medical benefits of physical exercise. This book is based on the authors' groundbreaking medical textbook, Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Illness, which opened eyes in the medical industry to the benefits of exercise. Packed with fascinating true-life stories and engaging writing, The Healing Power of Exercise explains exactly why “exercise is the best medicine.” The authors cover more than ten common illnesses, discussing how exercise can help prevent or treat them. They clearly show you which exercises (and how much) are right for what ails you. With fascinating and informative medical sidebars, step-by-step photos, and detailed advice, Drs. Goldberg and Elliot help you tailor your own personal exercise program and get you motivated to start on it--and stay on it. For life.
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    Dmitry Vylegzhaninhas quoted3 years ago
    Can Exercise Help Osteoarthritis?
    Exercise can help joints damaged from arthritis. In 1997, researchers reported results of an 18-month-long study of exercise for knee degenerative arthritis. More than 400 people participated. All were older than age 60 and already had knee damage from osteoarthritis as determined by X rays. They were assigned to one of three groups: (1) those who followed a regular walking program, (2) those who did leg-strengthening exercises, or (3) a control group who did not exercise. They found that after one-and-a-half years of regular physical activity, both exercise groups had less knee pain and fewer physical limitations due to their arthritis than those who did not exercise. The exercisers also increased their ability to walk distances and climb stairs. Their improvement was not just due to exercisers getting used to their knee discomfort, because despite their regular exercise, X rays showed that those participants had no worsening of their knee arthritis.
    Rather than being harmful, exercise is good for your joints, even if you already have arthritis. Now, we know that exercise is part of the treatment for degenerative joint disease.
    If you have osteoarthritis, before beginning regular exercise, it is useful to get advice from your health care provider about your body mechanics and answers to the following questions. Would your joint problem be helped by specific exercises to strengthen muscles around the joint? For example, chronic knee pain can result from your patella (knee cap) not moving in its normal groove when you bend and straighten your leg. This misalignment wears cartilage off the underside of your knee cap, leading to osteoarthritis. If that is your problem, then doing specific exercises can strengthen your medial quadriceps (the inner portion of your thigh muscle) to help the patella stay on track.
    Glucosamine sulfate (1,500 mg per day) and chondroitin sulfate (1,200 mg per day) are nutritional supplements reported in short-term studies to be effective in treatment of osteoarthritis. Over several weeks, they appear to have beneficial effects on joint cartilage metabolism and also may be weakly anti-inflammatory.
    Would a brace, elastic support, or taping be helpful? Perhaps you had a badly sprained ankle a couple of years ago. Although healed, your ankle is a little stiff and seems prone to being resprained. Your ankles (and other joints) have specialized sensory nerves that provide your body with information about the joint’s position. Those nerves can be damaged when

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