Exercising with Arthritis


Exercise is important for people with arthritis.  It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps fight fatigue.  Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises that are best for you, which might include range-of-motion, strengthening and aerobic exercises.

  • Range-of-motion exercises.  These relieve stiffness and increase your ability to move your joints for everyday tasks.
  • Strengthening exercises.  These help you build strong muscles that help support and protect your joints.
  • Aerobic exercise.  These help with overall fitness.  They can improve your cardiovascular health, help you control your weight and increase stamina.
  • Other activities.  Any movement, no matter how small, can help.  If a particular workout or activity appeals to you, ask your doctor whether it’s right for you.

Source:  Mayo Clinic