Exercise and arthritis
Earlier, it was assumed that people with arthritis should not exercise because it would damage their joints. However, today it is known that when arthritis is under control, health and fitness can be improved through exercise, without causing damage to the joints. If you have arthritis, exercise can increase your energy levels, allow you to sleep better, control your weight, strengthen your heart, bones and muscles, and decrease depression and fatigue. In addition, it helps to keep your joints from becoming too stiff and to keep the bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy. Exercise may also help prevent further joint damage.
Follow an exercise programme suggested by your doctor or physiotherapist. It will include special range-of-motion exercises to help keep your joints movable. General fitness exercise like swimming or walking is also important. You can start with a few exercises and slowly add more. If there is too much pain, stop and consult your doctor.