Arthritis - Get a Move On

April 17, 2015 12:17 PM

Many people believe that osteoarthritis is inevitable as we age. However, this painful joint condition is not strictly caused by aging. Osteoarthritis occurs when the slippery, cushioning fluid within joints degenerates. The result is pain and stiffness, often felt in the knees, hips, and hands. Many people take this as a sign to limit their activity and range of motion when they should actually be doing the opposite.

Studies and experience show that regular exercise is a very effective method for both preventing and lessening the progression of osteoarthritis. Regular exercise has many positive effects that include weight loss, stress reduction, and cardiac conditioning. Exercise also helps preserve joint range of motion and builds muscle strength, which, in turn, reduces joint stress.

Find an exercise type that you enjoy by trying them out. Swimming, walking, yoga, and golf are all good candidates. The most important thing to do is to keep moving. So, as the weather finally warms here in New Jersey, get out there and enjoy the beauty of spring while you’re combatting osteoarthritis


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