A regular exercise program is the first step in managing your osteoarthritis and staying well. The proven physical benefits of exercise - improved joint flexibility, strength, fitness, as well as more energy, and better pain relief – will help you optimize your physical mobility now and in the future.
Changing your daily routine to include exercise can be challenging. A little planning ahead can help you find a routine you can stick with and enjoy!
When beginning an exercise program it is important to remember the following tips:
Once you’ve consulted with your physician and made the commitment to start exercising to manage your arthritis, keep in mind the following five elements of a well-rounded exercise routine:
Remember, have some fun and take your time to find a routine that you enjoy. Try different types of aerobic exercise, strength and flexibility training, and core exercises. Improving your fitness isn’t done in a week; it’s a lifestyle commitment and it may take you a while to find activities you enjoy. Listen to your body as you go, be patient, and celebrate the improvements you see in your strength, flexibility, endurance and overall mobility!