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The Dos and Don’ts of Exercising with Arthritis

Silver Sneakers—November 19, 2018

Reporter K. Aleisha Fetters features tips on how to exercise if you have arthritis in an article for Silver Sneakers

According to a 2016 study in Arthritis Care and Research, participating in just 45 minutes of exercise each week (one-third of the national exercise guideline) helps physical function in people with osteoarthritis. 

"People often limit themselves based on an arthritis diagnosis and that’s a mistake," says William Behrns, PT, DPT, OCS, physical therapist at HSS. "The most important thing is to stay active as best as you can."

Behrns explains the importance of having a workout routine that includes cardiovascular, strengthening and mobility exercises.

If you’re not used to exercising, Behrns recommends to "start with less-intense activity and gradually progress based on how you feel".

Be mindful that any joint discomfort felt during or post-exercise is an indication that you may need to decrease the impact, intensity or duration of a given workout.

Read the full article at SilverSneakers.com.


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