Exercising and Arthritis

Why is exercise so important for arthritis?

Exercising And Arthritis

Exercise is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for the pain associated with arthritis. Everyone with or without arthritis should be doing regular, appropriate exercise.

Regular exercise can:

  • Reduce joint pain;
  • Improve joint mobility and flexibility;
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Assist in weight management
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Decrease fatigue, muscle tension and stress; and
  • Improve your overall wellbeing.

How much exercise should I be doing?

All Australian adults should be aiming to do at least 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week. You can do 30 minutes continuously or combine several shorter sessions. 

If you have not exercised for a while, you may need to start with shorter sessions then build up slowly. A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can help by suggesting suitable exercises and making sure you are doing them correctly. 

Some other ways you can include more activity in your day:

  • Arthritis Moves group exercise classes
  • walking
  • exercising in water, e.g hydrotherapy
  • strength training
  • tai chi
  • pilates or yoga
  • cycling
  • dancing
  • activities such as gardening, housework, playing with kids, grandkids or pets. 

Head to our Arthritis Insights page to find articles on exercise for arthritis. 

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