Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints. Did you know you're 'feeding' your joints when you're active? Cartilage depends on joint movement to absorb nutrients and remove waste.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is another important part of arthritis management. Did you know that losing 1 pound of excess weight decreases stress on your knees by 4 pounds? By increasing physical activity, you can make a difference to your joints and overall health.
Along with your current treatment programme, regular, moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits, including:
- Reduces your joint pain and stiffness
- Strengthens the muscles, ligaments and cartilage around your joints
- Helps you maintain bone strength and quality
- Increases your joint range of motion and joint mobility
- Improves your balance
- Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day
- Helps you control your weight
- Makes it easier to get a good night's sleep
- Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well-being
- Improves your ability to manage stress
- Reduces the risk of other chronic conditions
- Promotes stronger heart and lungs
- Lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol