A regular exercise program is crucial to managing your osteoarthritis and staying well. People with arthritis sometimes have to put exercise on hold because of a flare-up, but quitting completely – or for too long – isn't smart. Excessive rest is bad for your joints, muscles and sense of well-being.
Thinking about the powerful benefits of exercise can help you keep going or get going again. You surely know about the proven physical benefits – improved joint flexibility, strength, fitness, as well as more energy, and better pain relief. But you should also know about the psychological benefits: decreased anxiety and depression, increased self-esteem, and improved ability to cope with stress.
Planning your exercise can help you start to think of yourself as an active person - an exerciser.
Remember, exercise is something you do for you - not for someone else - and you're worth it!