Exercises are advised in arthritis,while you might believe the other way that exercise would be contraindicated when you suffer from arthritis. Years ago, exercises were not advised to patients suffering from arthritis thinking that it would damage the joints. But today, researchers have identified specific advantages for those who do exercise after the diagnosis of arthritis.

Prior to starting an exercise plan discuss your options with your Rheumatologist or Orthopaedic surgeon to help determine your options. The amount and form the exercise will take depends upon the type of arthritis you suffer from, the joints which are involved, the stability of your joints, any joint replacements you have had done, other physical limitations and the level of inflammation in your joints.

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The best time to exercise is when your symptoms are at a minimum. For most this means after the morning stiffness subsides.

Never overdo your exercises. This is not a program where “No Pain, no Gain!” is applicable. Listen to the signals your body is giving you. If there is too much discomfort during an exercise then back off just a little and work up to the amount you first attempted. Set realistic goals for yourself and stop if any joints are swollen, tender, or warm.1-joint-pain-

Exercising with arthritis is an important part of keeping the joints mobile and healthy. Without exercise you are likely to get stiff and be reduced to sitting or a wheelchair more quickly than if you were able to stay mobile. However, it is also important to incorporate rest periods and rest days into your program to allow your body time to heal and recover.

In the first place exercise helps to increase the metabolic rate. This, in turn, helps to increase the amount of weight loss that can be achieved. And, when weight is one of the stressors that increases the pain, swelling and discomfort an individual experiences, then exercise can help to reduce the symptoms.

Exercise also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, increases energy levels, develops good sleep patterns, increases bone density, decreases problems with fatigue and depression & helps to improve self-esteem and self-confidence.

Regular and moderate exercise that spares the joints can also help to build strong muscles that support the joints, increases flexibility and improves the endurance. Each of these benefits will help to reduce the amount of pain and swelling a person experiences and therefore reduce the amount of medication that an individual will require.

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