Lose Weight to Help Your Knees and RA

Shedding pounds can do wonders for your knees—and benefit your rheumatoid arthritis! Get started with these weight-loss tips.

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Step it up—slightly. You don’t have to be a super-sprinter or marathon runner to make exercise work for you. Try interval training, which involves alternating walking with running or jogging several times a week. You can also bike. For instance, in an Australian study, participants did 20 minutes of interval training on stationary bikes three times a week—cycling at a slower pace, then adding a burst of speed before returning to slower cycling. They lost six pounds of body fat over four months versus just two pounds for those who cycled at the same speed for 40 minutes. 

Dance off the weight. Ever notice how those celebrities on Dancing With the Stars slim down from one week to the next? That’s because ballroom dancing burns about 220-270 calories an hour. Find a dance class in your area and, if your doctor says it’s okay, give it a try.

Like high-energy moves? Try Zumba, a fun and easy dance class set to fast-paced music. An hour’s worth of Zumba burns about 500 calories. Go for half an hour and you still get great benefits.

Prefer to dance behind the scenes? Blast your favorite tunes in the privacy of your own home and go to town!

High-techer? Spring for an Xbox 360 with Kinect. Right now it’s all the rage—it’s easy, fun and the whole family can do it. Just connect the system to your TV and get moving. You can start with Dance Central or Kinect Sports and burn hundreds of calories per hour. 

April 2013