It may be hard to believe, but exercising regularly can actually ease joint pain, especially if you have arthritis: lack of exercise can result in muscle weakness that will ultimately make your pain worse.
Working out for at least 30 minutes up to five times a week can do wonders for a sore stiff body — just be sure to monitor their time and intensity:
One of the best things about walking is the fact that you can essentially do it anywhere. You don’t need a trainer or a class and it can also be easy on your joints. Consistent walking can help bring you down to a healthy weight which results in less stress on your joints.
This is why people with arthritis in any joints in the legs have issues with their knees giving out. Yoga can help improve body awareness and balance. While you are doing yoga you can pay attention to your body and its weaknesses. Adding yoga to your routine can help improve your flexibility and range of motion.
While in the water you can get a soothing feeling in your joints. Water-based workouts are great for those with arthritis. While swimming there will be less pressure on your joints while you are exercising.
The stronger your muscles are the less strain you will have on your joints. Aerobic and resistance exercises help with endurance and strength. Don’t be afraid to try weight machines, free weights, and resistance bands to strengthen your joints and bones. If you could do eight to ten different weight workouts 3 days a week you can begin to see a difference.
No gym? No problem. You don’t even have to do a classified workout for it to be considered an exercise. Focus on flexibility and workouts that have low impact. Anything from cleaning the house, cutting the grass, pulling weeds, raking leaves, or washing your car is considered active.
Your posture while sitting and standing can highly impact your joints. While you are washing dishes you can stand on one leg to strengthen them. This technique can even help prove your balance. Even soup cans be used as a substitute for dumbbells.
Joint pain can be very discouraging, but if you monitor your reps and weight it doesn’t have to be painful at all. Ultimately don’t let joint pain or arthritis prevent you from being active.