Strong muscles support and protect your joints, easing pain and stiffness and reducing your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
In this form of arthritis, which can show up in your 40s or 50s, the cartilage that cushions your joints gradually wears away and abnormal bony growths develop in the joints. But when strong muscles contract, they take pressure off the joints, reducing this kind of wear and tear.
For instance, a study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology suggested that greater quadriceps strength reduces cartilage loss in the knee. Without strong quadriceps, the joint bears the brunt of the impact from walking, running, or other weight bearing activities. Strength training may also enhance range of motion in many joints, so you'll be able to bend and reach with greater ease. If you have or developed osteoarthritis, strength training can ease and improve quality of life.
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