Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arthritic Pain

Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce pain, improve function and keep you active.
You know exercise is good for your health — but did you know it’s the single best thing you can do to improve your quality of life if you have arthritis? Despite this, a study in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found that more than 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men with arthritis are bona fide couch potatoes! Don’t give in to your condition. We know that having sore, achy joints doesn’t exactly make you want to leap off the sofa and run a marathon — and you don’t have to. Walking briskly around the mall, hiking nearby trails or swimming laps at your local pool can limber up stiff knees and hips.

Regular, moderate activity can lessen arthritis pain, help you feel in control of your condition and help you perform everyday tasks. It could even prevent disability. Find an activity that you enjoy, and don’t overdo it in the beginning. Prevent soreness and frustration by easing into your workout slowly. Remember that the best program is the one you can stick with.

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