Exercising with Arthritis seems like a difficult thing. Pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with it can make you uncomfortable. Age, weight, gender, and lifestyle can determine risk factors for development. Arthritis cannot be cured, but there are things you can do to lessen the symptoms and work with the issue.
Some main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. These all affect the body differently, so understanding your type is important.
One thing you shouldn’t do is stay inactive. Not moving can actually increase the chances of developing other health issues. So focusing on low impact, non-weight-bearing exercises will be a good start. Focusing on eating well and mild exercise can help get you back to doing things you enjoy.
Flexibility and mobility are very important in arthritis management. Tightness in muscle can limit your range of motion and can cause your body to compensate in movement. This can cause other injuries to occur. The body works as one unit, and functional issues can occur if the body isn’t at 100%.
Types of Exercise for Arthritis
Light Yoga: Great for flexibility, mobility, and strength. Also helps with the regulation of the nervous system which can be important for stress relief and recovery. Focusing on the flexibility of tight and overactive muscles. Thus, adding more mobility and range of motion.
Light Resistance: Great for keeping muscles strong and toned. Focusing on strengthing muscles that have become weak from postural issues can help balance out the body.
Cardio: Heart health is always important in creating a healthy program. Things like walking and biking can be a great way to add aerobic exercise to your program.
Living with Arthritis
The key to exercising with arthritis is to stay consistent. Keep it as your number 1 priority if you can. Taking care of yourself will allow you to enjoy your lifestyle. Though, some consideration of what type of activities you do is also important. Notice what makes your arthritis flare up, and also notice what doesn’t. Your body will tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. There are many ways to stay active. Decide what is best for you and commit to it!
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