Let’s Get Physical: How Those With Arthritis Can Work Out

Thu, Apr 30th, 2020

No excuses

Believe it or not, even those with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions benefit from regular physical activity. Research shows that those who participate in moderate-intensity, low-impact exercises have less pain, better movement control and a happier, healthier life.

Get your heart pumping

Cardio or aerobic activities that make your heart beat faster and increase your breathing do wonders for your lungs and heart. Consistent aerobic exercise will help you move better, could improve joint discomfort and boost bone density, all without worsening your symptoms or disease severity.

Low-impact cardio activities to try

  • Swimming
  • Brisk walks
  • Cardio machines

To reach a safe and moderate-intensity workout, use the talking test. If you are moving so much talking takes too much work, you should lower your effort level. Remember, even ten minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is better than nothing.

Strength and balancing activities

If you are prone to falling, you should consider adding activities that improve balance to your exercise regiment. At least three days per week, warm up for cardio by stretching and practicing balancing techniques.

Balancing exercises

  • Balancing on one foot
  • Tai chi
  • Heel-to-toe walking

Health departments/centers across Southeast Missouri are hosting workshops designed to help those with arthritis or limited mobility enjoy a more active lifestyle. You will learn even more endurance activities, balancing exercises, stretches and relaxation techniques.