Exercising when you have arthritis pain can be challenging, but it is important to stay active. If you have arthritis, you should understand that engaging in exercise will provide the following benefits:
Aiding joint lubrication and nourishment thus easing joint pain and stiffness
A better range of motion. Improved joint mobility and flexibility
Improve or maintain the density of your bones
Lower stress levels
Improve your mood
Maintain a healthy and body weight
Here are some tips to help you exercise through arthritis pain:
1. Consult with a personal trainer who has specific knowledge about exercising with arthritis: They can help you create an exercise plan that is safe and effective for your specific condition. They may also recommend modifications to your exercise routine to help you avoid pain or discomfort.
2. Choose low-impact exercises: Low-impact exercises are easier on your joints than high-impact exercises. Examples include walking, cycling, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. And even better, Fit-Rx has unique resistance training equipment that provides a zero-impact environment, is safe, and even works in cases of limited range of motion.
3. Warm up before exercising: Warming up helps to increase blood flow to your muscles and prepare your body for exercise. Start with gentle stretches, range-of-motion exercises, or a low-impact activity to gradually increase your heart rate and warm up your muscles.
4. Start slowly and gradually increase your activity level: If you are new to exercise or have been inactive for a while, start with shorter periods of exercise and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
5. Use pain relief methods: Consider using pain relief methods before and after exercise, such as acetaminophen, or using topical pain-relieving creams.
6. Take breaks and listen to your body: If you experience pain or discomfort during exercise, take a break and rest. It is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard.
7. Be consistent: Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of exercise. Try to exercise regularly, even if it is just a few minutes a day. Over time, you may find that your arthritis pain decreases and your joint mobility improves.