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Exercise is safe for almost everyone. For people with arthritis, exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It can also help with losing weight, which reduces stress on the joints.

Flexibility exercises can help keep joints moving, relieve stiffness, and give you more freedom of movement for everyday activities. Examples of flexibility exercises include upper- and lower-body stretching, yoga, and tai chi.

Strengthening exercises will help you maintain or add to your muscle strength. Strong muscles support and protect joints. Weight-bearing exercises, such as weight lifting, fall into this category. You can use bottles of water or soup cans if you don’t have weights.

Endurance exercises make the heart and arteries healthier and may lessen swelling in some joints. Try low-impact options such as swimming and biking.

If you have a chronic condition, before beginning any exercise program, talk with your health care provider about the best activities for you to try.

Exercise is safe for almost everyone. In fact, studies show that people with osteoarthritis benefit from regular exercise and physical activity.

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For people with osteoarthritis, regular exercise can help:

  • Maintain healthy and strong muscles
  • Preserve joint mobility
  • Maintain range of motion
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce pain
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

Three types of exercise are best if you have osteoarthritis:

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Physical Activity

Keep those joints moving! Joints are nourished by synovial fluid moving within the joint. The only way to keep that fluid moving is to move your body. Remember, low impact exercise is great for arthritis and there are a variety of options to explore such as swimming or strength training.

Studies show that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity three or more days a week can help you move more easily. Walking can also be a fun way to increase your mood, increase your flexibility and decrease pain.