If you or someone you care about suffers from arthritis, you need to learn about exercises that should be done regularly to maintain overall health. These exercises should be incorporated into your daily routine. If you can stick to it, you will feel more energetic, increase your bone and muscle strength, boost your flexibility and stamina and improve your overall health.
Exercises that increase your flexibility are known as range-of-motion exercises. You must take the time to do them each and every day. Doing so will protect your joints from further damage. These exercises can be used to prepare your body for more strenuous exercises or as a way to maintain your flexibility. You can perform these exercises in your home, pool or a warm bath. As you begin, start slow. Only do about five minutes for the first day and work your way up to twenty minute sessions each day. Once you are able to complete twenty minutes of flexibility exercises, you can then begin adding other exercises to your routine. The most beneficial forms of exercise for flexibility include yoga and tai chi. They can reduce the pain you feel as well as improve your level of balance.
Now, you are ready to begin working on strengthening exercises. Increasing the level of strength that you have will make your life easier. The stronger your muscles are, the less stress your joints feel as you live your life. Resistance exercises can be done with exercise bands or with simple resistance of your body weight. Do not perform this kind of exercise every day. Your muscles will need time to heal between sessions. Make sure to prepare your body for these exercises by doing your flexibility exercises before and after the strengthening exercises.
Cardiovascular exercises are necessary for anyone with or without arthritis to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can get this type of exercise through activities such as swimming, cycling, walking or dancing. Depending on the type of arthritis you have and what areas of your body are affected, you choice is up to you. If you have severe arthritis, you will likely benefit the most from swimming or water aerobics. The weightless feeling you get when you are in the water will make it easier for you to complete the activities you need to elevate your heart rate to get the cardio workout your body needs. Again, these exercises should be built up slowly. Start with five minute sessions and work your way up to thirty minute sessions. If you try one form of cardio exercise and it does not work well with your body, try another until you find one that is comfortable for you to complete.
As usual, always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.