Is osteoarthritis pain and stiffness discouraging you from exercising or being physically active? Research shows that people with different types of arthritis can benefit from physical activity. Below are answers to common questions about exercising with arthritis.
Why is exercise usually recommended for people with arthritis?
If you have arthritis, benefits of exercise include:
Can exercise make my arthritis worse?
Not exercising could actually make you feel worse because inactivity can cause loss of joint motion, stiffness, and muscle weakness, which can increase feelings of fatigue. Staying active and exercising regularly will not make your arthritis get worse faster, as long as you are not overdoing it.
How can I exercise safely?
How can I manage pain?
What types of activity are best for people with arthritis?
For the best health, recommendations are that you get, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity exercise, or an equivalent combination of both. Doing muscle strengthening exercises twice a week at 30-minute increments and balance exercises is also recommended. Short sessions of at least 10 minutes throughout the day every day can add up to big health benefits.
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These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.