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Posted: 12/10/2005 4:24:40 PM EDT
I've been wondering this. Someone told me when I started weightlifting that I was gonna have arthritis when I get oldler. Any truth to this?
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 4:30:00 PM EDT
In the long run? Yep.

Does running cause arthritis? Yup

If you play sports...your likely to have problems down the road as well.

But then again if you like to be outside, you'll soon die of cancer as well..

Seems like everything is bad for you, so might as well damn the consequences and do it anyway.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 6:00:26 PM EDT
well ive been lifting heavy for years and my joints are my body is suffering some effects now. aside from my torn pec...my wirsts hurt because of the strain of holding the weights up...my shoulders get pain..my knees ache now and again but overall its not that distressing. Its deffinetley a trade-off...Id much rather have some joint pains then be a fat, out-of-shape slob.
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 1:15:40 AM EDT
And if you dont exercise you become fat and lazy and have a heart attack diabetes or stroke.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 4:39:32 PM EDT
I have an arthritic shoulder and my doctor recommended that I lift weights. It has helped me tremendously with ROM and I don't have nearly as much discomfort.

When I slack, the nagging pain returns and that is usually motivation enough to stay consistent with my training routine.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 5:06:42 PM EDT
Most of the people I know with arthritis are women who never did a hard day of work in their life. Lift the weights slowly and in control, and don't worry about arthritis. I've been lifting carefull for over 40 years, and I'm still lifting.z
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 1:50:06 PM EDT
i have it in every joint and i love to lift. building muscle helps you support your joints more causing less pain.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 3:33:43 PM EDT
Weight training will not cause the actual disease arthritis.

People tend to confuse arthritis with repetitive motion type injuries, and stress injuries of the joints. Overtrainig, sloppy form and just plain years of heavy training can cause joint pain and injury, but arthritis...no.

If anything, light to moderate resistance training will help ease the effects of arthritis.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:35:10 AM EDT
Take Gulcosamine(I didn't spell that right). It'll help those joints.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 11:07:53 AM EDT
Arthritis and Repetitive Stress injuries are similar but caused differently.

Arthritis can be either a disease, or simpely old age, though inactivity can make you susceptible to it. It is when your joints swell or become inflamed. Other than meds and healing, not much can be done.

A RPS injury is due to movement and the wearing of tendons and muscles and can heal but may also result in scaring which will cause more pain. This is usualy caused by bad form or ususaly too much movement with not enough recovery time.

Both do not effect people till later on in life (30+) usualy, but it is the activitey early on in life that decideds how soon and how bad these conditions will be.

Treat your body right and hopefuly it won't fall apart on you. Well, atleast until you get hit by that bus on you morning jog.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 11:08:53 AM EDT
Sitting on your ass can cause arthritis too.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 1:57:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Sitting on your ass can cause arthritis too.

I'm doomed...
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:02:42 PM EDT
I used to be a power lifter and it messed me up pretty good. Right rotater cuff torn out and right knee and ankle damaged also. They were both injured before, but the lifting made it worse. Both my forearms have bursitis and tendonitis. And my neck isn't exactly great.
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 8:56:28 AM EDT
Actually it depends on "how" you lift. You can train in a fashion that will not cause harm to your joints and ligaments. My coach is proof of that, and I am too, to an extent. In my coach's case, at 60 years of age, he has a six pack, peaked biceps, and can roll (BJJ/MMA) with anyone of us at half his age. The only injury he has was not brought about by training. As for me, at 35, I train/teach, BJJ/MMA at least three days a week, and lift three as well, I'm also a former Army grunt; to this day, no joint or musculature issues. IF you consistantly overtrain yourself, then yes, you are absolutely prone to the the issues your concerned about.

Find a guy with a CSCS certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and he will give you more help than you'd ever imagine. People with these certs are far and above the personal trainer in the gym.

Also check out some of the kettlebelle and clubbell training. They are AMAZING for over all conditioning and strength training.
Check out: www.clubbell.tv , or www.renegadetraining.com

I've trained a bit with Sonnon, and my body did feel revitalized from possible patheway down to a repetitive strain injury. (BTW, I do not sell, endorse, or affiliate with either of those sites)
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