How To Get Back In Shape
When you decide to get back in shape and you have arthritis,
you'll want to learn how to exercise, when to exercise and what kinds of exercise are best for
Work with your healthcare practitioner to get specific information
for your condition. Find a physical therapist near you to learn what
exercise programs are best for you.
Exercise vrs. Rest
A balanced approach is needed to move forward when you have
arthritis. Knowing when to range sore joints and when to rest them is important so as not to further
inflame your joints.
Gently adding resistance helps to strengthen the muscles
that protect your joints. Knowing how to gain strength without damaging the joint requires instruction to
avoid flare ups.
Reduce inflammation before & after exercise
Always prepare a joint for exercise with proper
positioning, warmth and gentle movements. After exercise, an application of ice may be
One of the best ways to get back in shape when you have pain and
inflammation is to exercise in water. The bouyancy of the water reduces strain on your joints.
And you can use the smooth resistance of the water to strengthen muscles to protect your joints. See
more on Aquatic Exercise.
Nordic Walking Poles
Walking is a wonderful exercise, but arthritis in the hips,
knees or back can make walking painful. Next to walking in water, walking with nordic walking poles
may be the next best thing. The poles allow you to assume a better posture and get a more natural
stride. See more about Nordic Walking Poles to see if they are right for you.
Other Exercises for Pain
See additional information on exercises helpful for reducing and
managing pain related conditions. Exercise and Pain Reduction
The Arthritis Foundation has good exercise programs to help you learn to exercise appropriately when you have
Exercising in water when you have arthritis is like being given freedom to move. For more
information see our section on Aquatic
If you find that aquatic exercises are right for you, you may want your own pool. To
research getting your own pool check with Endless Pools.
My RA Fit Kit is a site that helps you personalize your
exercise program when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Modalities to Reduce inflammation and Ease
If your therapist recommends Warmth or Cold for your joints
check out the following:
Pain Relief Products and Equipment:
Articles in the news:
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