Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Exercising With Arthritis (August 9, 2005)

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Iíve been told I have the early stages of arthritis in some of my joints. I enjoy exercising, but how will I be limited and what should I do? (Theresa, Oceanside).Answer

One of the best ways to preserve your joints will be a controlled, planned-out exercise program. Here are the benefits as they specifically relate to arthritis:

  • Strengthening the muscles around those joints will give them extra support.
  • Maintaining and most likely increasing flexibility and range of motion.
  • Boosting energy levels to combat fatigue.
  • Controlling your weight in order not to overload joints.
Exercise intensity should be low to moderate for at least 30 minutes on most days that you can. The goal is to focus on expended energy, not hard, intense workouts. Keep within your pain tolerance; donít push too hard. Stay away from high impact, bouncing and jumping activities, as this might stress your joints. Aim for walking, water exercises, swimming and cycling. Use caution and work your program around the joint pain. While you might have to cut back from time to time on your exercise program, you will adapt to this new lifestyle and be fine.

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