From easing joint pain to improving your mood, regular exercise has significant benefits for people with arthritis.
There are many different types to choose from, although the exercise that’s best for you will depend on your personal preference, the severity of your symptoms and whether you have any other health issues.
By exercising every day, you should notice improvements to your:
- Flexibility – stretching and range of movement exercises help maintain or improve the flexibility of your joints and nearby muscles. They will help keep your joints moving properly and ease joint stiffness
- Strength – building muscle strength provides stability to your joints and improves your ability to perform daily tasks.
- Overall fitness – exercise that gets you moving and increases your heart rate (such as walking, swimming, cycling) will help improve the health of your heart and lungs, and can also help with endurance, weight loss and the prevention of other health problems (such as diabetes).
Exercise can also aid joint lubrication and nourishment, improve your balance,help you sleep better, improve posture, improve or maintain the density of your bones, lower your stress levels and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
Many types of exercise can help with flexibility, strength and overall fitness at the same time.
For a complete joint health work out, consider taking part in activities such as swimming or water exercise classes, tai chi, walking or Nordic walking, chair exercises, low-impact aerobics, strength training or dancing.
The most important thing is to choose something you enjoy! Exercising with friends is a great way to keep you keen and motivated.