Activity, Lifestyle

Activities that won’t flare up your arthritis

Ok, so you know you need to get moving, but don’t know where to start? I’ve come up with a list of some of my favorite low impact activities that’s great to try!  I have personally tried all of these, and I recommend them all the time to my patients!

  • Bicycling – there are even 3 wheeled bikes so you don’t have to worry about losing your balance! Whether it’s stationary, 2 or 3 wheelers, cycling is awesome for your knees, hips and backs.
  • Paddling – kayaking is so much fun and relaxing! Grab a friend and tandem, or test your balance with a stand up paddle. Paddling is gentle on joints and great for building upper body strength!  Plus, it is very scenic and you can see some wonderful natural sites!
  • Swimming – You will hear me say this again and again and again. The pool is the ABSOLUTE BEST activity you can do if you have moderate to severe arthritis. Aquatic aerobics is fun, low impact, and will get you going without paying for it later! You don’t know until you try!
  • Pilates – I’m a huge Pilates fan! You need very little equipment, and most of the exercises are body weight supported, I.e. no weights required. But, I will warn you! It’s a little challenging at the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really awesome!  I currently do Pilates 2-3 days per week and it is my happy place.  I always feels rejuvenated when I leave and I’m not very sore the next day.
  • Tai Chi – this is based on balance and weight shifting, You won’t burn a lot of calories, but it will help significantly with joint mobility. It’s a great starting point if you have a lot of pain or have difficulty with balance.
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  • Yoga – Yoga is similar to Pilates, but a little easier to start. It focuses on range of motion, balance, and core strengthening, Just make sure you stay within your limits and don’t overstretch!

Being active is so important when you are battling arthritis.  I can’t stress that enough y’all!  In order to manage arthritis effectively, consistency is key. So get out there and get moving!

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