22 MAY Exercising With Arthritis: Yes, Really!
Dreaming of the seemingly impossible doesn’t have to be just that — dreaming.
And exercise is definitely not an unattainable dream, even if you have arthritis! While you may need to be more cognizant of your stiffness and joint pain both during and after your workout, it’s important to know that you can work out and that you should work out.
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Did you know that, according to the American College of Rheumatology guidelines, exercise “should be one of the mainstays of treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip and knee”?
In fact, while you might feel hesitant and afraid to approach exercise at first, we want to assure you that indulging in a gym session every now and again can actually help you work through your symptoms down the line.
The key, however, is to stick to low-intensity workouts that involve little competition. You’re less likely to overexert yourself or unknowingly strain your body this way.
Okay, So Where Do I Start?
The Arthritis Foundation recommends finding easy ways to just get moving. Start by taking your dog for a walk or strolling on the beach to watch the sunset — starting light doesn’t have to be entirely devoid of joy!
Then, once you’re in the habit of just getting up and reminding your muscles of how much they can still move, you can graduate to light weightlifting and other forms of stretching. But most importantly, just remember to feel your way through: pain that lasts two hours after a workout means you’ve worked too hard, and increased stiffness in the middle of a workout means you need to slow down.
At the end of the day, recognizing and getting familiar with your own symptoms will be instrumental in knowing what exercises work best for you.
What If I Need More Help?
That’s what we’re here for! Here at Patriot Healthcare, we strive to make sure every patient that walks through our doors understands that it is never too late to improve their health. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your arthritis, be sure to contact us and schedule an appointment today!