Exercise Benefits for Arthritis

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16 Jul Exercise Benefits for Arthritis

While many of my arthritis patients may cringe at the thought of excessive bodily movement, keeping a strict exercise regimen may help to reduce their symptoms and maintain joint function.

If you are struggling to upkeep excellent joint health, try and keep the following ideas in mind when you are working out.

  1. Stretch it out. Stretching can increase your range of motion by improving your joints’ mobility and flexibility. Start by moving the targeted joint as far as it can go, and then try to deepen the stretch.
  2. Use resistance training. Try to use your own body weight to build muscle. Try lunges, step-ups and push-ups to get their joints moving and improve muscle strength.
  3. Increase enduranceAerobic exercise will help to strengthen the heart and lungs and may help to reduce joint pain. However, make sure you stick to activities that don’t jar your joints. I recommend water aerobics or elliptical training for a low-impact, vigorous workout.
  4. Achieve better balance.Strengthen muscles and prevent stiffness through balance-boosting activities like yoga and tai chi.

Maintaining a regular exercise routine, while daunting, may help to greatly reduce the severity of your arthritis symptoms. With wonderful summer weather in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get active!

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