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National Arthritis Month  

May is the time many of are revving up for summertime activities. On your mark. Get set. Go… But, not so fast for over 50 million Americans, arthritis interferes with their plans for active lifestyles. That is 1 in every 5 adults and over 300,000 children. It is estimated that by 2030, 67 million people will be disabled by an arthritic disease. 

Conquering Arthritis

Curing arthritis may not yet be possible but knowing you are at risk and living a preventative lifestyle is within everyone’s power. As is raising awareness and becoming involved in the advocacy for research. To become involved at the state level, visit

Prevention Tips

Prevention may not always be possible. Arthritis has many causes, increasing age, genetics and gender (more common in women), which are out of your control. However, there are healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing painful joints as you age. It so happens, many of these steps, like exercising and eating a healthy diet, prevent many other diseases too. That, our healthy friends, is a win-win!

  • Here Fishy Fishy…

Fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy polyunsaturated fat may reduce inflammation in the body. A study in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that women who eat fish regularly might lower their risk for rheumatoid arthritis. The USDA recommends eating fish high in omega-3s—like salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines, 2x per week.

  • Weight Control

Our joints, particularly our knees, are load-bearing mechanisms and must be able to support the weight of our bodies. The more we weigh, the more stress we are putting on our joints. Overweight women are almost four times as likely to get knee osteoarthritis as women of healthy weight.

  • Exercise

Not only does exercise take the stress off your joints but also it strengthens the muscles around your joints. Building strong muscles before any signs of arthritis begin to show, especially if there is a family history, is a particularly compelling reason to make exercise part of your daily routine. If you already have arthritis, it is not too late to build muscle and take some relief off those joints. Low impact aerobics, swimming, water aerobics and working with a trainer on finding the right exercises can help you slow the disabling affects of the disease.

  • Play and Stay Safe

Damaging cartilage in your knees can cause arthritis to develop more quickly. Unfortunately, this is not generally top of mind when we are young and in our prime. Cautionary tales ring true. Live fully but protective gear isn’t a bad idea…

  • Proper Technique

Using good form when we sit, lift, and work each day can help prevent everyday strains from adding up to unnecessary injury over time. You’ve heard these tips before but realizing they can help prevent arthritis puts more importance into their meaning, especially as you age.

  • Lift with your knees and hips, not your back.
  • Carry items close to your body, so you don’t put too much strain on your wrists or arms.
  • If you have to sit for long periods of time at work, ensure that your arms, back and legs are well supported.


  • Have a Drink or Two

Yes, you read that right. Contrary to most newsletters and most other studies, some arthritis studies suggest that women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. There is not enough evidence to prove that alcohol prevents arthritis just suggestions that are causing researchers to study it further. However, drinking moderate amounts each week (one glass a day for women and two glasses for men) has also been linked to other health benefits, such as a lower risk for heart disease. Before drinking alcohol, seek advice from your doctor if it’s safe for you.

  • Speaking of Doctors…

If you start to develop joint pain, don’t wait it out. See your doctor or a rheumatologist. The damage from arthritis is progressive so the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more destruction will occur to the joint. Your doctor may be able to suggest treatments or lifestyle interventions to slow the effects of your arthritis and preserve mobility of your affected joints. Stubbornness is not your friend when it comes to achy joints. Call your doctor today if this applies to you.

And Now for the Numbers

As we enter into National Arthritis Awareness Month, here are the facts, as reported by the Arthritis Foundation. If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis, you are most certainly not alone. There is help. there are abundant resources and worldwide studies occurring rapidly. Most importantly, there is hope.


  • Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.
  • Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
  • Arthritis is the nation’s # 1 cause of disability.
  • Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
  • 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.
  • People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, two major kinds of arthritis, miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
  • Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
  • There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
  • 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
  • 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
  • 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
  • 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
  • 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.

Club News


Member Spotlight: Derrick Van Wyk

Derrick Van Wyk is our member spotlight!  For the past 3 months, Derrick has lost 70 pounds and has been working with Personal Trainer, Brad Freeman. Derrick has drastically changed his lifestyle by modifying his nutrition and incorporating exercise into his daily routine. Congratulations, Derrick!


Manager's Corner

Spoiler Alert - Mother's Day is One of Our Favs!

Don’t get us wrong Dad’s, we love you guys. But the mothers who come into our clubs have a special spot in our hearts and we love celebrating them every chance we get. We admire the mothers who never seem to tire of bringing their kids into the clubs so for kids’ activities or so they can get a workout in themselves. We strive to make the clubs a place where it’s easy to find a schedule where a combination of both is possible.

And, for moms (and dads) whose kids are older, who are now bringing in your once toddling youngsters in as tweens and young adults, we admire you dedication to instilling a lifetime of healthy living. One day, they will thank you for it. It might not be today but someday, when they thank you for making them brush their teeth everyday and always wearing clean underwear, healthy living might also be on the list.

We’d be remiss not to mention all the wonderful mothers who help us run the clubs. Without their tireless dedication, we couldn’t do what we love. Thank you all.
Need some gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Graduation? Etc.? Check out our specials!

Also, don’t forget to check out the summer class schedule when planning summer activities. Remember, when you’re away; use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Debby Hudson, General Manager

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