Having arthritis can be tough to deal with. Joints ache from performing simple tasks, and motor functions can be inhibited depending on how bad the arthritis is. However, that doesn’t mean you have to stop living the life you enjoy and staying healthy because of it.
Often exercise is one of the first habits to go when arthritis sets in. We’ve compiled a set of safe exercises for people who have arthritis.
Walking. Believe it or not, walking is one of the best and safest exercises for those who suffer from arthritis. Walking 30-60 minutes a day helps keep the muscles limber and the joints warm and loose. It also helps promote calorie burning and weight loss.
Swimming. If the weather does not permit you to go swimming outside year-round, then you may want to find a local health club with an indoor pool. Swimming and water exercise help relieve the aches of joints by using flotation and buoyancy. Try hitting the pool a few times a week for an excellent refreshing workout.
Yoga and Tai Chi. These low-impact, relaxing exercise routines will not only allow you to stay in shape without hurting your joints, but also offer a balance between the mind and body, which reduces stress. Try doing yoga outside or indoors–with a group or by yourself. Many yoga and tai chi studios offer classes for people at all levels.
Cycling. A relaxing bike ride may be just what you need to stay fit without impacting your arthritic joints too hard. This promotes excellent cardiovascular health and blood flow. Take your spouse, children or a friend with you on a ride around the neighborhood. You’ll feel great afterwards.
Remember to warm up before performing any major exercise. Warming up is essential because it limbers the muscles and loosens the joints, which is especially important if you have arthritis. A few simple stretches three to five minutes before a workout will suffice.
It doesn’t take much to feel great and stay in shape without causing further joint damage or pain. If you have any questions about arthritis-friendly exercises, the team at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth can help. Looking for a new doctor? Just use our online Find a Physician service.
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