Osteoarthritis and Weight Loss

Obesity is associated with the development of osteoarthritis (OA), particularly of the knee.  It is proven that a 10 pounds weight loss over 10 years decreased the person for developing knee OA by 50%. Indeed, even modest weight loss and healthy diet may produce improvement in joint pain and function. The combination of diet and exercise was associated with decreased knee pain and improved self-reported and measured function.

Regular, moderate physical activity is beneficial in decreasing fatigue, strengthening muscles and bones, increasing flexibility and stamina, and improving a general sense of well-being. Moreover, exercise:

  • Increases strength and flexibility, stabilizes joints, and reduces pain.
  • Aerobic exercise, in combination with strength training, contribute to weight loss, reduces the force placed on joints.
  • Increases mobility and decreases stiffness, which allows for more independence.
  • Decreases pain and relieve arthritic symptoms.
  • Increases function and reduces disability.
  • Improves energy levels.
  • Enhances socialization through involvement in fitness group.

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Source: Exercise and Arthritis by DSW Fitness, Center for Continuing Education
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    I’m moving next month to Calgary and I will miss you and the group of great ladies (Osteofit group).  They all made me feel so welcome. Mel, can you clone yourself and move with me?  I enjoyed all your classes and did feel so much better.  Your spirit and attitude was so positive that it rubbed off on the rest of us. I’m feeling sad but I’m willing to tackle a […]

    - Beth M.,

    Osteofit: Melanie takes her work very seriously and gives to her classes more than 100 per cent. She keeps up with the latest changes and makes sure we have individual attention with regard to our personal health issues. I love our class. We enjoy ourselves as well as work hard to maintain our different fitness levels. Thank you Melanie for your kind and caring ways with your clients.

    - Jodi W.,