Exercise For Osteoarthritis

Written by James Lyons
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If your arthritis pain isn't too debilitating, you should consider implementing an aerobic and resistance training program in conjunction with a simple stretching routine. Exercise for those with osteoarthritis is very important and usually very effective. In recent studies, patients have demonstrated excellent overall joint improvement after implementing an osteoarthritis exercise regimen. The pain often subsides and the patient gains a greater degree of movement and flexibility in the affected area(s).

If you currently suffer from osteoarthritis, your exercise routine should be performed in short yet frequent spurts. If you have the insurance coverage or the necessary money, locate a physical therapist or a personal trainer who specializes in dealing with arthritis patients. They can help you design an effective training program and teach you how to properly condition your joints and muscles.

Building an Exercise Program

There are three essential forms of exercise--range of motion exercises (stretching exercises), aerobic exercises, and strength training exercises. Your exercise program should include all three forms. Too much of one and not enough of the other two can throw the body out of alignment. When it comes to stretching exercises, many doctors recommend Tai Chi and Yoga. These disciplines not only add flexibility, they help the body release stress from the muscles.

Strength training helps build muscle tissue around the joints. This helps prevent further damage caused by the osteoarthritis. Resistance exercises are the most effective strength training exercises. Aerobic exercise helps you maintain your weight and help your body ward off inflammation. Stick to low-impact exercises like swimming and elliptical machines because these activities take it easy on your joints.

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