How to Stay Fit While Living With Arthritis

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How to Stay Fit While Living With Arthritis

runner holding his kneeArthritis is a leading cause of disability in the United States. It is not just a single disease, but is comprised of more than 100 types of joint diseases and conditions. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds can develop arthritis. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the US experience joint pain or joint disease caused by arthritis.

Arthritis most commonly occurs as people age. In fact, one-third of arthritis cases occur in adults ages 65 and older. Although there are multiple types of arthritis, they share some common symptoms that can limit everyday physical activities. A few of these symptoms include joint swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe, making it difficult to remain physically fit through exercise.

However, exercise can be especially beneficial to people with arthritis. In recognition of Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation offers the following exercise tips:

Workouts that Work for Arthritis

  • Yoga can help reduce pain, increase flexibility, improve function, and lower stress levels when done regularly.
  • Water Aerobics done in warm water can help soothe joints. Water provides a cushion and reduces wear and tear on joints.
  • Walking briskly for 30-60 minutes a day helps the heart and can strengthen bones. Walking also can help shed extra pounds that put additional stress on your joints.
  • Indoor Cycling on a stationary bike eliminates the worry of having to balance, which can often be an issue for people with arthritis.
  • Weight Training helps strengthen areas of the body.

Individuals with moderate arthritis can delay, or even prevent surgery or joint replacement, by exercising regularly. Before starting an exercise program, consult your healthcare provider to reduce the risk of further joint damage.

If you or someone you know has joint pain caused by arthritis, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department at Paris Community Hospital at (217) 465-2606, Ext. 4714.