We just finished week 3 of bootcamp, so one more week to go! Gregg has been having some knee pain, but he's hanging in there. In fact, his doctor told him that he sees the onset of osteoarthritis. That might sound like a show-stopper, but its' not!
It was hought for many years that if you had arthritis you should not exercise because it would damage your joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis.
Regular, moderate exercise offers numerous benefits to people with arthritis. Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscle around the joints, and increases flexibility and endurance. It reduces inflammation from arthritis and related conditions and reduces the risk of other chronic conditions. It also helps promote overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, helping you sleep better, controlling your weight, decreasing depression, and giving you more self-esteem.
Reach out to Gregg while he completes his final week of camp. He has had to modify his workout by minimizing impact (walking instead of running) at bootcamp, so we encouirage him to ride the bike at the gym in the evenings.