Monday, January 23, 2017
Arthritis HURTS and you don't want to walk
Every piece of advice is that older people need to move, walk, in order to stay independent.
Federal guidelines say 150 minutes a week of moderate activity (brisk walking as an example) to prevent premature death and serious illness. That's what--20 mins a day?
Only one in 10 older people with knee arthritis meets this goal.
But now researchers at Northwestern says 45 minutes a week might be enough.
In one test, a third of the participants improved or had high function after two years.
Even a little activity is better than none, the researchers say.
The key seems to be do a little at a time. Federal guidelines (150 mins) says do it 10 minutes at a time.
Still they say the activity has to be moderate. Pushing a grocery cart (which I call the cheap person's walker) is apparently too low key.
I walk around the house...I can no longer get to the mailbox at the end of the driveway because there is nothing to hold onto (besides pain, I have bad balance from my failed eye surgeries).
I probably walk 7 mins a day--but briskly? Probably not...hanging on the walls for balance seems to preclude speed.