Many arthritis patients avoid doing exercise because they are afraid their symptoms may get worse. But many doctors agree that, on the contrary, an exercise routine can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has been found that arthritis patients who exercise regularly experience less pain, have more energy, sleep better, and perform better in their everyday activities.
Here we give you some suggestions and information on the benefits of exercise in order to improve your health, both as an arthritis patient and overall:
- When done regularly, exercising will increase your strength. Stronger muscles will provide a better support for your joints. You will also become more flexible, which can in turn help your joint performance.
- Arthritis tends to accelerate the loss of muscle mass as we age. Doing strength exercises can help counteract this loss.
- Exercise can help reduce fatigue and depression, so we can maintain a better quality of life.
- It also helps minimize the probability of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease —two serious conditions that are occasionally detected alongside arthritis.
- Exercises such as walking can help prevent osteoporosis, which can be triggered by rheumatoid arthritis.
Just like with any other exercise routine, before starting, you should consult with your doctor or health care professional. Based on your condition, it may be preferable to focus on certain types of activities, such as low-impact exercises, to avoid injuries or complications. Your doctor can help you design a routine specifically for your particular condition.
At Salus, we have rheumatologists and other specialists ready to assist you. Make your appointment today by calling 787.789.1996.