Exercise for Arthritis
Research has found that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis.
Generally people with arthritis need to do a mix of three types of activities to help improve their condition – mobility exercises, strengthening exercises and fitness exercises.
Physical activity helps broadly by:
- decreasing joint pain
- reducing joint stiffness
- improving mobility and flexibility of the joints
- strengthening muscles to provide greater support and stability for joints
- strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis
- decreasing muscle tension
- improving overall health, fitness and well being
Before you start to exercise it is important to talk with your doctor and healthcare team to help you develop a program that will suit your condition, physical health and lifestyle.
Not all forms of exercise are good for arthritis. Call our free Helpline on 1800 011 041 and speak with one of our healthcare professionals about what type of exercise will be of most benefit for you or download one of our exercise information sheets.