(DETROIT, MI September 8, 2011) – Research has shown that regular physical activity can help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. However, a new study suggests that the majority of 46 million arthritis sufferers in the United States are not getting enough – or any – exercise.

The just-released findings from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine show that only 13 percent of men and 8 percent of women afflicted with various forms of arthritis meet federal guidelines of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity per week.

"Either these people are not aware of benefits of physical activity, or they are afraid it will exacerbate their symptoms," says Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI. "However, a well-planned exercise program will bring them a measure of comfort and relief from all the pain and stiffness." 

Hall points out that exercise will benefit arthritis sufferers in a number of ways. "It will help maintain a normal range of movement, improve muscle strength and flexibility, and keep bones and all the tissue around them stronger," she says. 

Another major benefit of a regular exercise routine is that it will help with weight loss and maintenance. That is very important, Hall says, because according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 66 percent of adult arthritis patients in the U.S. are overweight or obese. 

"Obesity is a known risk factor in the onset of arthritis and the subsequent deterioration of this condition," Hall says. "That’s because carrying the extra weight strains and tears the joints, so maintaining a healthy weight is a must – not only for arthritis relief, but also for prevention of heart disease and diabetes." 

This call to action is all the more pressing because CDC says that, by 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans adults will likely have some form of arthritis – 20 million more people than currently. 

For arthritis sufferers who have been inactive but want to start exercising, Hall recommends getting their doctor’s permission first. Then, ask a fitness professional to create a program especially for you, taking into account the type of arthritis you suffer from, which joints are impacted, and the amount of inflammation you have. Working with a certified trainer ensures that your program is not only effective, but also safe. 

"For example, flexibility exercises will increase your ability to move your joints through their full range. Strength training will build strong muscles that help support and protect the joints," Hall says. "There are numerous other exercises as well that will reduce your pain and stiffness, and improve your overall fitness level at the same time." 

About every BODY:

Launched by fitness expert Prussia Hall in October 2008, every BODY offers women’s only and co-ed personal training and boot camp fitness programs which specialize in the areas of women’s fitness, corporate wellness, teen health, weight loss and nutrition. Program details and client testimonials are available at Hall, a certified fitness expert with over 8 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at or 800-217-8247.

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About Prussia Hall, Fitness Expert:

Hall is a certified fitness expert (B.B.A., M.S., NASM, CPT) with over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Hall can be reached at or 800-217-8247 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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