Ask Andrea about Hip Arthritis Video

This Better.TV video talks about Hip Arthritis with Andrea Metcalf.
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Ask Andrea about Hip Arthritis Audra Lowe: Working out can be pretty tough if you’re in constant pain but what would you do? That’s one question that a viewer suffering arthritis wants to know. Better’s Fitness expert Andrea Metcalf has the answer for Tabitha in today’s Ask Andrea. Andrea Metcalf: Here’s a new question in Ask Andrea. “I was recently diagnosed with severe arthritis on my right hip. Before that, I was walking six miles everyday with no problems. Now I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden the pain gets worst and I can’t exercise at all”. Well, there are three things you need to do when you have arthritis; stretch, strengthen and supplement. Especially for the hip area, let’s go over two basic stretches. The cross-knee stretch and IT bend. For your cross-knee stretch, simply sit on a bench or on the ground and cross the right heel over the left knee; stretch, lean forward into it. Remember to breath and hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. The next stretch is your IT bend stretch. Start standing up, cross one leg behind the other. Lift the elbow up towards the ceiling and feel the stretch down along the side. Remember you want to hold the stretches 10 to 30 seconds and repeat on both the right and the left side. Next you want to so two strength moves. For the hip joint, I recommend a side walk or side leg lift and the bridge on the ground toward the boots and hamstrings. On the side leg lift or side walk, simply step out to the side with resistance or stand on one leg balancing lifting that leg to the side. Perform 15 to 20 reps and then move on to the ground for bridges. Back side bridges not only tone the gluts and the hamstrings but if you pull in those abs, you’ll get some great core work too. The last part of the equation is supplementation. For arthritis, the National Institutes of Health recommend Chondroitin and Glucosamine. You can find them in pill or liquid supplements like Elisions. I’m Andrea Metcalf. Don’t forget to send me your health and fitness questions at Ask Andrea. Look at BetterTV.com for more information. Audra Lowe: All right and if you have fitness questions for Andrea just e-mail her at askandrea@bettertv.com.

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