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Rigorous Exercise Could Aid Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

High-intensity training, such as cycling, might less the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis pain severity can be reduced with high-intensity training, such as cycling, according to a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied seven women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) aged between 20 and 50 years in order to examine the effects of high-intensity training on their arthritis pain, and to determine if these patients would tolerate exercise intensities above today’s general recommendations. The researchers collected data about the patients’ maximum oxygen uptake, heart rate recovery, blood pressure, body composition, and blood variables before and after the exercise program, as well as information about disease activities via questionnaire.

The patients performed high-intensity interval training twice per week for 10 weeks on spinning bikes, consisting of four sessions of four minute intervals at about 85-95 percent of the maximum heart rate.   The patients performed high-intensity interval training twice per week for 10 weeks on spinning bikes. First, the patients warmed up for about 10 minutes at 70 percent of their maximum heart rates. Then, the patients completed four sessions of four minute intervals at about 85 to 95 percent of their maximum capable heart rates; the sessions lasted a total of about 35 minutes. –

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