Excercise with Arthritis
Posted: August 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm
People who suffer from arthritis need to exercise
regularly because lack of exercise damages joints (Arthritis Care
& Research, January 2011). Even people with severe joint disease,
such as rheumatoid arthritis, need to exercise.
However, more than half of women and 40 percent of men
with arthritis get virtually no exercise whatever. Researchers asked more than 1000
people with proven osteoarthritis of their knees to wear a
pedometer. Only one in seven men and one in 12 women moved their
knees for 20 minutes or more per day. Lack of movement is
deleterious to arthritics' health because the most effective way
to prevent joint destruction from arthritis is to keep the joints
People with arthritis typically have stiffness and pain
when they wake up in the morning. They hurt most after being
inactive and feel better after they move around for a while.
Exercise warms up muscles and joints to help relieve some of the
joint and muscle pain and stiffness. A regular exercise program
can help delay and prevent disability in people with arthritis by
strengthening muscles that can help to control excessive range of
motion that can damage joints. It also allows people with
arthritis to keep on moving. Arthritics should participate in at
least a half hour each day of moderate-intensity, low-impact
activity. Of course, all people with joint pain should first
check with their doctors for their proper diagnosis and
Rules for exercise for arthritics:
*If joint pain worsens when you start to exercise, check with
your doctor to see if you have loose or broken cartilage that can
cause further joint damage.
*If you already have joint damage, the safest exercises are
usually walking and water exercises.
*Try to exercise with a group. When you miss a workout, you will
have to explain to your friends why you weren't there.