BONE & JOINT DISORDERS (ARTHRITIS)
EXERCISE AND ARTHRITIS
Exercising forms an integral part of the arthritis control plan and also helps in lifting your spirits. It helps to maintain :
- Normal muscle strength
- Joint structure
- Function of joint
Some tips for exercising include:
- Before starting an exercise programme always consult your doctor and get an individualized exercise plan made for yourself.
- Identify the type of exercise you feel more comfortable with.
- Massage or apply heat/cold applications to the sore joint before starting the exercise
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- If doing exercises for the first time, do it for 10-15 minutes and then gradually increase the duration.
- Brisk walking is considered to be the best exercise. Aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling are also very beneficial.
- Always do some ‘warm up’ exercises (like gently stretching your body) before starting.
- Cool down for 5-10 minutes after doing the exercises. Do this by continuing your exercise at a slower pace.
- Do not overdo the exercises.
- Avoid any jerky movements during exercise.
- Avoid exercising during flare ups
Stop exercising immediately if you have:
- Sudden pain in the joint.
- Severe pain in chest.
- Severe breathlessness.
- Dizzy feeling or sick feeling in the stomach.