Keeping Exercise Safe With Arthritis
Final Exercise Tips for People With ArthritisHere are some final tips for exercising with arthritis:
- Discuss exercise plans with your doctor.
- Start with supervision from a physical therapist or qualified athletic trainer.
- Apply heat to sore joints, if needed.
- Stretch and warm up with range-of-motion exercises.
- Start strengthening exercises slowly, with small weights (a one- or two-pound weight can make a big difference).
- Progress slowly.
- Use cold packs after exercising, if needed.
- Add aerobic exercise gradually.
- Consider appropriate recreational exercise (after doing range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercise). Fewer injuries to joints affected by arthritis occur during recreational exercise if it is preceded by range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercise that gets your body in the best condition possible.
- Ease off if joints become painful, inflamed, or red; and work with your doctor to find the cause and eliminate it.
- Choose the exercise program you enjoy most, and make it a habit.