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Can Exercise Help Arthtitis?

Apr 4, 2008
Oftentimes people with arthritis find it challenging to perform certain types of exercise. Due to inflammation in the joints it can be difficult to perform traditional types of exercise, such as walking or lifting weights.

Typically, when you are diagnosed with arthritis your healthcare practitioner will provide you with a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan that includes various types of arthritis exercises. This plan will also include any dietary restrictions and inform you of the various types of food known to reduce arthritis pain. Generally, this arthritis treatment plan will also include a list of foods known to aggravate arthritis symptoms such as red meat, dairy products, food additives, and processed foods.

Some of the most popular arthritis exercises include yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, weight training and muscle strengthening, range-of-motion exercises such as dance, and aerobic and endurance exercises such as cycling.

It's best to talk with your healthcare practitioner before starting an exercise program because it's unknown whether a certain exercise routine will aggravate your arthritis symptoms.

Today, most health insurance companies offer discounts on health products and clubs. Therefore, be sure to check with your insurance carrier to see which benefits are offered to you.

In addition, many health clubs offer up to a 50 percent discount to certain insurance members. The majority of these clubs offer private sessions with a qualified exercise trainer. Many of these trainers are well-versed in helping clients develop an arthritis exercise program suited to their needs. Typically, the cost of a personal trainer is not covered and will be an out-of-pocket expense.

You can also check out the local YMCA or YWCA. These organizations usually offer water aerobics, wchich are gentle and great for decreasing arthritis pain. All it involves are gentle resistance exercises while sitting in a shallow pool.

Regardless of the type of arthritis exercise program you choose, it's important to apply heat to sore joints to help warm them up and allow them to become more flexible prior to exercise. Heat is typically applied for 5 to 15 minutes.

You will want to perform stretch exercises after you apply heat to your joints and before you start your exercise routine. After you complete your exercises, use cold packs to help reduce inflammation on your joints.

Make sure to choose an exercise routine that is enjoyable and pain free. You will most likely not stick with a exercise program that causes you pain and discomfort.
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Denise Smith's website contains information and resources about Arthritis , and you can read more about Arthritis Exercises
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