Exercise and Arthritis

As people get older their is a significant decrease in their activity level. This could be due to many things that occur with age including arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation in one or more joints of the body that cause joint stiffness and pan. Many people do not realize that regular physical activity can decrease the stiffness and pain that is caused my arthritis.

Exercise that will improve arthritis only has to be moderate intensity. Some examples of what types of exercises to engage in include:

  • Exercises with Full Range of Motion
  • Resistance Exercises
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Yoga or Tai Chi

It is important to talk and work with your doctor to find out what exercises are best for you because every cause of arthritis is not the same. Incorporating a regular fitness plan into your treatment can improve your symptoms significantly. Not only will exercise improve arthritis symptoms, it is also vital to one’s overall health. So while your main objective might be to decrease stiffness and pain in your joints, you will receive many other results by adding regular physical activity into your life including

  • Increased bone strength
  • Increased muscle strength around your joints
  • Increased energy throughout the day
  • improved sleep each night
  • Maintained weight
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence

Don’t be afraid to get started on a fitness plan now! Better late than never.