Physical Activity & Arthritis
Physical activity is proven to be an important part of managing your arthritis. Although it is not always easy to get started and stay motivated, moving really is the best medicine.
As well as reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis, being active and exercising regularly improves joint support and lubrication, helps with weight control and has many other health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and stroke risk.
Striking the right balance of exercise types that best suit your needs and ability can take a little time and effort, but this booklet is the right place to start.
Whether you want to discover tips on getting active and staying motivated or if it is the different types of exercise (aerobic, range of movement and muscle strengthening) you wish to learn more about, this short guide contains all the latest information on why staying active is an important part of the prescription.
In this booklet you will find:
- Is there a difference between physical activity and exercise?
- What are the benefits of physical activity and exercise?
- How do I prepare for physical activity? My healthcare team, Planning and Creating my plan
- How do I get motivated? Overcoming the barriers, Making a commitment, Being prepared, Goal-setting & rewards
- How much can I do? Knowing your limits
- When can I do physical activity or exercise? Exercising during a flare-up, Exercising with a joint replacement, Being physically active through pain
- What are the different types of exercise? Range of movement, Strengthening, Aerobic
- How do I work exercise into daily life?
- Are there any tips for exercising with my type of arthritis? Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing spondylitis
- Final points to remember: Preparing, Getting motivated, Moving, Managing pain