|Moving is the Best Medicine
|A body needs physical activity to stay healthy. For people with osteoarthritis (OA), regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing other health problems and help manage the disease. Research shows that people with OA who engage in regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise can expect:
- Less pain and stiffness
- Increased joint strength and range of movement
- Improved function and ability to do activities
- Potential delay in disease progression
Exercise helps to strengthen the muscles surronding your joints, and keeps them flexible. When muscles are strong and flexible, they do a better job of supporting and stabilizing joints, and also help to relieve pain during activity. Routine exercise also helps to loosen stiff joints, preserving range of motion.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to help fight disabling pain and physical limitations of OA. Walking the dog, swimming, ballroom dancing, Tai Chi, biking, and taking an exercise class are some of the many ways to get active.
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- Make exercising a priority.
Set aside time for exercise, and don't get distracted.
- Set realistic goals.
Set goals that suit you, your fitness level and your interests and lifestyle.
- Do what you enjoy.
You are much more likely to exercise if you are doing something you enjoy.
- Consult your health care provider.
Always talk to your doctor(s) before starting a new exercise regimine.
Content Source: FightArthritisPain.org