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Exercise and Arthritis

Exercise for the elderly is a vital to keep joints looseIf you are in pain due to arthritis, your natural reaction may be to avoid any kind of movement at all. This will only cause greater stiffness and in the long term weaker, smaller muscles. These may be inefficient at holding you in the right position and can lead to slouching and unstable joints. Inevitably, this will lead to more aches and pains.

The benefits of elderly exercise widely recognised in keeping arthritic joints supple by staying as mobile and as active as possible.

Dr Stanley Cohen, president of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), insists that in regards to managing arthritis, exercise is an important part of a treatment plan, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

Left quotation markStarting slowly with a low intensity will allow you to ease into a successful exercise plan that will benefit your arthritis and your overall health.Right quotation mark

The ACR advises people with arthritis to try one or more of the major types of exercise.

These include flexibility exercises to improve posture, reduce injury risk and boost function, and strengthening exercises which work the muscles and help to prevent inactivity-related bone loss.

Left quotation markExercise has multiple benefits. It can strengthen muscles, improve movement in our joints and help keep our hearts healthy. Many of us are too heavy which puts added stress on our weakened joints and can lead to injuries. Exercising can be a really effective way of losing weight as well as reducing any joint pains.Right quotation mark
Arthritis UK 2010, Keep Moving

If you would like to know more about arthritis then visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org

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