Exercise is Good Medicine for Arthritis

Exercise may be just what the doctor orders to help manage your arthritis symptoms.

Sometimes the aches, pains and stress associated with arthritis can leave people feeling less like moving. However, exercise is often some of the best medicine when it comes to relieving arthritis symptoms. In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and help arthritis sufferers live better, here are a couple of things to know.

Physical Benefits
Exercise can help relieve arthritis-related pain and stiffness, build strength and increase range of motion. Exercise can be a means to manage your weight, therefore reducing strain on your joints. Aerobic activity is typically best for burning calories and losing pounds, while low-impact exercises are often recommended for people with arthritis. Weight-training is a good way to build muscle and become stronger. Yoga exercises are easy on the joints and can help you become more flexible as well as increase your range of motion. All of these benefits combined can make performing everyday functions easier and more comfortable.

Mental Benefits
Beyond the physical benefits associated with exercise, there are the mental and emotional benefits. Getting active is a good tool for managing stress, brightening your outlook and helping to get a good night's sleep, along with all the restorative benefits that go with it.

To learn more about osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, visit our online Health Library for more information. Talk with your doctor before beginning any fitness plan and discuss exactly what types of exercises are recommended for you. To find a doctor, search our online physician directory or call Consult-A-Nurse®, our free healthcare referral service at 1-888-741-5120.

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