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Improve Your Arthritis With These Exercises
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Arthritis Doesn’t Have to Run Your Life

Exercise and senior arthritis go hand and hand. Whether you’ve never exercised or have all of your life, approaching the risk for, or already existing arthritis condition means that it has never been more important to stay fit and healthy. Having arthritis can make some people feel that the last thing they want to do is exercise, even with a low intensity daily workout, but it’s crucial. While living with arthritis can be painful, exercising in the right way can help to loosen and strengthen your joints, improve flexibility and sleep more soundly during the night.

Strength Training Improves Flexibility

Strength training should be part of any senior’s workout plan, regardless of whether they have arthritis or not. But how do you know how much to lift or whether or not weight lifting is too much for your body in the first place? Before beginning any exercise program, it’s important to talk to your doctor and get approval. Then, start off with light weights (preferably bicep curls with two pound weights) and work your way up in endurance and strength. Elastic belts can be a great alternative as well, and when pulled in front of the body or used to wrap around the feet twice a week with two sets of eight repetitions each, an arthritis patient can become more flexible and begin to feel the relief of their chronic condition.

Swimming Helps

Arthritis can affect people of all walks of life and stages of life, although most commonly it occurs in those ages 65 and older. The pain and stiffness that arthritis patients feel often gets worse over time, but one exercise that is always relieving on the joints in swimming. Don’t be concerned about the intensity of the exercise, but instead maintaining some sort of movement for 30 minutes a day, two to three times a week.
Water therapy can be done easily by a number of arthritis patients. Start off easy and slow, by moving one arm at a time in small, controlled circles. Hold onto the rail or side of the pool to help with balance, and exercise each arm 8-10 times with two repetitions each. After your arms are done, do the same with your legs, lifting them up while holding on for balance. While some other forms of exercise such as walking or strength training shares the risk of injury, swimming is a popular option for patients since it bears very little opportunity to injure the joints and feels great throughout each workout.

Reduce Pain by Riding a Bike

Depending on the severity of the pain and with the approval of your doctor, bicycle riding can be a wonderful way to reduce your overall arthritis related discomfort. A good option for people of all ages, it can be a great strength training and joint loosening exercise for arthritis patients. For anyone who suffers from chronic joint pain, riding a stationary bike for 20 minutes a day, three times a week (in addition to or replacing swimming exercises) can help to reduce overall pain, combat stress and improve interrupting sleeping patterns.

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