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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.

Are you considering adding exercise to your daily routine? Or do you want to increase your exercise level significantly?

There’s a safe way for almost everyone to be more active. Even if you have a health condition, there are exercises you can do that offer great health benefits.

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One way to get started is to talk with your doctor about the exercises and physical activities that are best for you. If you have a specific health issue that you are concerned about, ask your doctor for some tips to help you exercise safely.

Here are some questions to consider:

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Regular exercise is important to keep you moving and independent. Exercise helps lessen pain, increase movement, reduce fatigue and helps you feel better.

Range of Motion Exercises, Strengthening Exercises, Endurance Exercises

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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.

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!