Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness. … It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming.
If you’re in pain, there’s a temptation to skip exercising. But exercise is often the very best way to help lessen the pain and improve your quality of life.
Just remember to pace yourself and consult a physiotherapist for advice. Here are different types of exercise that can help get you moving.
This is a low-impact activity that’s a good choice if you have the physical capability.
The benefit is that you can exercise almost anywhere: The mall, the local school track, or a parking lot.
Swimming is great for people who have osteoarthritis, who have musculoskeletal issues or any joint disease where any kind of impact may exacerbate an underlying problem. The reason: Swimming (and other forms of water exercise) defies gravity, so there aren’t any unpleasant and potentially damaging jolts to the joints.
A good exercise for the young and old alike is tai chi, a martial art that originated in China and, like yoga, cultivates mindfulness. Tai chi is marvelous. There’s almost no one too old as long as you can move a little bit. It incorporates the body and the mind.
Pilates helps with core strength building especially for lower back pain. In addition to people with back pain, people with fibromyalgia may benefit from this fitness system
You can do this activity in the bedroom or while waiting in line. “Stretching and getting all your body parts moving in a full range of motion and working just a little bit against gravity is helpful
Light-weight and strength training
Weight training is particularly helpful for people suffering from arthritis. The exercises strengthen the joints around the injury and that takes some of the stress off the joint when you’re using it. Weights between 1 to 5 kg will help. However, it’s important to pace yourself when doing these exercises.
In general, aerobic activities (which can include using the treadmill or riding on a stationary bike) are particularly good for people with fibromyalgia.
Nadia Latib Physiotherapist/Life coach
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