Does exercise help with arthritis?

Yes! We strongly encourage those with arthritis to stay active, as it helps reduce joint pain; protect, strengthen, and support aching joints; preserve flexibility; and increase stamina. But, you also need to be careful when you exercise with arthritis—we don’t want to do further damage to your joints, and we don’t want you howling in pain every time you do a little cardio.

You don’t need to push yourself, especially if it hurts—gentle exercises like moving and stretching throughout the day, and especially before you go to bed, can help prevent stiffness. For your aerobic exercise, gravitate toward low-impact workouts such as cycling, swimming, or light walking to avoid repetitive pounding on your joints. Your exercise program should also focus on stretches, range of motion exercises, and strength training—building up joint-supporting muscles protects them from future damage.

Most importantly, before you jump into any new routines, stop in at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV and check with an expert to make sure you have everything you need for a safe, healthy exercise program. Give us a call at (775) 783-8037 today.

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