Sticking to an exercise routine can be difficult, even for the healthiest of people. If you suffer from joint pain due to arthritis, moving your body may be the last thing you want to think about. But regular exercise can reduce painful symptoms, improve joint function and flexibility, increase range of motion, and boost mood.
We have compiled a list of our favourite exercises to incorporate into your lifestyle to improve your Arthritis pain — read on to learn more.
Stretching daily, ideally in the morning, is important for relieving Arthritis symptoms. The ideal stretching routine will be different for each person and will depend on which joints are affected and what symptoms occur.
A typical stretching routine may consist of:
Warming up by walking in place or pumping the arms while sitting or standing for 3–5 minutes.
Holding each stretch for 10–20 seconds before releasing it.
Repeating each stretch 2–3 times. Using a yoga strap may help people maintain proper form while stretching.
Walking is one of the easiest and best forms of low-impact exercise that can help with aerobic conditioning, heart and joint health, and mood. It is often sensible to walk slowly initially and then increase the pace when possible.
3. Flowing Movements
Flowing movements such as Yoga and Tai Chi increase flexibility, balance, and range of motion while also reducing stress. They can do wonders to relieve pressure on joints.
Pilates is a low-impact activity that not only stabilizes the joints but it strengthens the muscles around them. If you are new to Pilates, you should begin with a routine that uses a mat rather than a machine to build muscle strength safely.
5. Water exercises
Water exercises such as swimming and aerobics help support body weight, reducing the impact on the joints. They also increase flexibility, range of motion, strength, and aerobic conditioning. They can also reduce joint stress and stiffness.
Exercise is usually very helpful for people with Arthritis. It offers a range of benefits, which include relieving symptoms, improving joint function, building strength, increasing flexibility, helping daily functioning, improving aerobic fitness, and boosting mood. It can reduce Arthritis flares and make the symptoms of this condition easier to manage.
It is a good idea to work with a doctor and physiotherapist before starting any exercise program to develop a personalized exercise program for the best possible results. Be sure to connect with us today for a free virtual physio consultation!