Arthritis and Exercise
If you have arthritis, the thought of exercise can be daunting. You might think that exercise will aggravate your joint pains and stiffness, but that’s not the case. Lack of movement can actually increase arthritis discomfort.
When you feel the painful effects of arthritis, exercise can be the last thing you want to do. You don’t have to push yourself to extremes to receive exercise benefits. Even moderate exercise can soften the pain and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Lack of exercise weakens the support tissues and puts more stress on joints. Moderate exercise can strengthen bones and the support muscles around them. It can also improve your stamina, self-esteem, and provide a sense of well-being.
The type of exercise that is best for you will depend on the type of arthritis you have and your current treatment plan. To be sure you’re choosing the best approach for your particular problem, its best to talk to your doctor before you decide to embark on an exercise program. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help you find the best exercise method to give you the most benefit with the least aggravation of your joint pain.
- Pam Brooks