Exercise & 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.