Sunday, 18 November 2007

Yes, you can exercise with arthritis

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Arthritis can be a horrible, crippling condition, and when you're in pain, the last thing you want to do is exacerbate it through movement. But working out can actually help you manage pain, provided you choose the right exercises. Everyday Health recommends the following workouts:
  • Range of Motion exercise. Things like yoga, stretching and even dancing can help you stay fit while having fun.
  • Weight training. Gentle weights can help you build strength, which you will benefit from in every aspect of your life.
  • Cardio and aerobic workouts. Low impact cardio will help get the blood flowing, which will help ward off pain. Make sure to choose something that's gentle on your joints, like working out on an Elliptical trainer or swimming.
If you're dealing with pain, remember to listen to your body, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself too -- you'll feel better!

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