Staying Active With Arthritis
Did you know that arthritis affects around 1 in 6 Australians? If you’re one of the millions of Australians who experience pain, swelling, and discomfort in your joints, staying active may help.
WHY IS EXERCISE GOOD FOR ARTHRITIS?
Exercise may be one of the most effective treatments for arthritis. The right kind of exercise can build and strengthen the muscles which support your joints. And with more support, your joints will be under less pressure, reducing some symptoms. Similarly, exercise can also help with joint flexibility, which may help to reduce pain and stiffness.
TYPES OF BENEFICIAL EXERCISE
There are so many kinds of low-impact, arthritis-friendly exercise. You could try a light walk around the local park. Or you could join a beginners yoga, Pilates, or low-impact dance class. Whatever you prefer, it’s best to aim for a mix of strength training, flexibility training and cardio. This approach will help to support your general wellbeing while also managing symptoms.
Water-integrated exercise is a great option to achieve this mix. Exercising in water reduces the load on your joints, and encourages strength, flexibility, and cardio fitness. So, if you have access to a pool, try giving water aerobics or swimming a go.
Just remember—when choosing an exercise type, avoid ‘pounding’ and ‘twisting’ motions. Also, avoid any exercises that could overload your joints, such as lifting heavy weights.
TIPS FOR EXERCISING WITH ARTHRITIS
If you’re starting a new exercise routine, it’s normal to feel pain for a few weeks. So don’t be discouraged by a small amount of pain and discomfort. However, it’s critical to listen to your body while exercising. If you feel an abnormally high amount of pain, cease this exercise immediately. And if your pain persists for longer than expected, reduce the amount you engage in next time. It’s also essential to consult your GP before creating a new exercise routine. Your regular doctor can help you plan your exercise around your arthritis to avoid causing avoidable damage.
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