Exercising can sometimes be a simple solution to arthritis pain.
It's tough when the aches and pains caused by arthritis get you down. Here are some exercises that can help relieve pain and get you up and going.
Note that aerobic activity is great for burning calories and losing weight, which can help relieve pain caused by the stress that extra pounds put on joints. Weight-training is a good way to become stronger and build muscle that can help alleviate some of the strain placed on joints.
• Walking. This low-impact, easy-on-the-joints aerobic activity burns calories and builds muscle. Start slow and gradually increase time and intensity.
• Swimming and/or water aerobics. Water cushions your joints and provides natural resistance as you workout, which makes these types of activities a good fit for someone suffering from arthritis. In addition, warm water can help relax muscles and reduce pain.
• Yoga, tai chi and/or pilates. Activities such as these build strength and foster flexibility, which in turn can reduce pain, increase mobility and improve balance. Aids such as straps and blocks are designed to help people with limited flexibility and range of motion as they learn and progress.
• Lifting weights. Lifting free weights or using weight machines can help strengthen muscles, and stronger muscles provide more protection for joints. Start by doing only a few lifts with light weights, then over time slowly add pounds and repetitions.
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