Exercise and Arthritis
FACT or FICTION: There isn't an exercise that relieves Arthritis pain.
The answer is TRUE: The American College of Rheumatology recommends four types of exercise to help relieve arthritis pain.
- Flexibility exercises: stretching helps maintain better posture, reduces risks of injury and improves function. Try range of motion 5-10 times daily and stretching 3 times a week holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
- Strengthening exercises: Strong muscles improve function and reduce bone loss.
- Aerobic exercise: Improves heart, lung and muscle function. You should get 150 minutes per week.
- Body awareness exercises: Try Tai-Chi, Yoga and Pilates to improve balance, coordination and relaxation.
Our thanks to the American College of Rheumatology.