Stay active and exercise when you have arthritisArthritis - exercise; Arthritis - activity
When you have arthritis, being active is good for your overall health and sense of well-being.
Exercise keeps your muscles strong and increases your range of motion. (This is how much you can bend and flex your joints). Tired, weak muscles add to the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Exercise can make arthritis worse.
Getting regular exercise can do which of the following?
Which type of exercise is best for people with OA?
How much moderate aerobic exercise should you get each week?
Strength training exercises aren't important for people with OA.
Balance exercises can help if you:
Bicycling is a good exercise for people with OA.
How often should you add more time to your workout?
If you're having a bad day, it's best to skip exercising.
You should stop exercising and see your doctor if:
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