Life somes to a standstill when you fall prey to arthritis. This disease slows eats into your bones, and reduces your mobility. First it becomes difficult to climb stairs without feeling any pain, then you can't walk for more than 10 minutes. Slowly, this disease limits your mobility and the stiffness in your joints reduces you to a sedentary lifestyle, even if you don't like it.
Exercises for People Sufering from Arthritis
Flexibility exercises are very important for improving the quality of life for an arthritis patient. But it is important to choose exercises that comprises a pain free motion, otherwise you may end up in more pain than before! Yoga and other stretching exercises are good here, but remember to use only pain free motions.
Resistance training is also useful for combating the troubles brought on by arthritis. If you find it too difficult to lift free weights, try working on machines or use elastic bands to create resistance.
Cardiovascular exercises help in losing weight, and when you lose weight, it means reduced pain. But jogging or running are not good options for arthritis patients. Walking, cycling and swimming are better exercises. When you start, keep the duration short, certainly no more than 10 minues. Slowly build up your stamina, allowing your bones and muscles to adjust to increased level of activity, and go up to 30 minutes a day.
When you start exercising, remember to take it slow and increase the duration/intensity slowly. But if you experience increased pain, stiffness, or swelling, you should stop exercising for a little while. If you are in pain, do not exercise at all.