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.
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:
You know you should be more active, but there are so many things that seem to get in the way. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses!
Follow these tips to help you overcome those barriers and improve your health:
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
Living Well with Chronic Pain - Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of their chronic pain condition.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with chronic pain. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of their chronic pain condition. This program has also been proven effective with family and caregivers. This program also aims to help participants better communicate with their health care providers and make healthy day-to-day decisions.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to teach adults with arthritis how to exercise safely.
Trained instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion exercises, endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs and abilities. Participants completing the program report experiencing:
- Improved functional ability
- Decreased depression
- Decreased pain
- Increased confidence in one's ability to exercise