Don’t Let Arthritis Keep You Down: Finding The Right Exercise Routine For Arthritis Relief

By Francis Tunwase

Did you know that almost a quarter of adults in the US have arthritis? That’s a whopping 58.5 million people! And get this: more than half of them are in their prime working years. So yes, it’s a pretty devastating disease, not just for the pain and stiffness it causes but also for the financial toll it takes – over $300 billion in lost earnings and medical care each year.

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Osteoarthritis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus, are the most common types of arthritis. They all cause joint pain and swelling, and some can even affect other organs. But here’s the good news: low-impact exercise is one of the best ways to manage arthritis symptoms.

You don’t have to engage in highly intensive exercises like HIIT or cross-training. You can go on walks, ride a bike, or go for a swim. The benefits of water therapy are even greater if you have access to a pool. But hey, if you hate the water, that’s cool too.

The key to sticking with a workout routine is finding something you actually look forward to doing. Maybe it’s dancing, gardening, or playing shuffleboard. Or maybe you’re into yoga or Pilates. Whatever floats your boat – just make sure it’s low impact!

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Now, we know some people with arthritis might be hesitant to exercise, especially if it hurts at first. But trust us; it’s worth it. And even if you don’t have arthritis, it’s still important to stay active to potentially prevent or delay it. So don’t just sit on the couch all day. Get up and move!