Exercise with Arthritis

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How to Exercise Safely and Maximize Benefit

Just as medication is specifically prescribed for your individual issues, you should only do exercises that are appropriate for you.

We recommend working with a physiotherapist to create a program that is safe and effective for you and your arthritis.

Be smart when doing your exercises: allow a warm up and cool down period, don’t over do it (start slowly), respect your pain, and use good posture.

If you experience mild pain use ice, heat, or time your medications to help you through your exercise period. Don’t forget to breathe on exertion during your exercise and monitor your joints for overuse or stress. Rheumatology Now Exercise and arthritis Patient Communication System

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Benefits of Exercise

When exercise is done properly it can help to decrease pain, improve joint nutrition, and maintain mobility of the joints.

Exercise helps to improve muscle strength, joint stability, and maintain bone strength.

Exercise will also increase your fitness level, help you to lose weight, make you feel better about yourself, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep.

When exercise is done properly it can help to decrease pain, improve joint nutrition, and maintain mobility of the joints.

Exercise helps to improve muscle strength, joint stability, and maintain bone strength.

Exercise will also increase your fitness level, help you to lose weight, make you feel better about yourself, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep.

Exercise was once thought to increase pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Specific exercise is now known to help reduce overall pain with no negative effects on disease activity or inflammation.

Don’t over-do it

Exercise should be enjoyable and pain free. If you feel pain or discomfort lasting more than 2 hours after exercising it is a warning that you have done too much and you should modify your program.

Other warning signs that you are doing too much include:

  • Increased joint swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Increased muscle weakness
  • Fatigue

Read our article Exercising in a Flare for tips on how to safely exercise during a flare. Rhuemtalogy Now Exercise and arthritis Patient Communication System

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