Arthritis Friendly Activities
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Written By Julie Lumbao

How do you know which arthritis friendly activities would be good for an exercise program? 

To learn what exercises would be considered arthritis friendly, you first need to understand your condition and how exercise can improve your level of function. Arthritis is the simple deterioration or breakdown of cartilage in a joint. It can cause swelling, inflammation, pain and eventually loss of muscle strength and function. There are several resources and treatment options to help you navigate your journey with arthritis which your medical provider can assist you with. It is always recommended that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. 

If you suffer from joint pain caused by conditions like arthritis, exercise can assist with better overall joint function and mobility. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical activity can help relieve arthritis pain and stiffness, give you more energy, and lift your mood and make you feel more positive.”  

Exercise is an integral part of your daily routine. It is important to strengthen your muscles for joint stability and increase your flexibility to relieve your joint pain. We want to keep your range of motion as much as possible for daily living activities such as walking, bending, reaching, and stair climbing. Having strong muscles surrounding the joint is crucial for so many activities. Exercise can help manage your symptoms and prevent, or delay, the need for surgery. There are basic exercise recommendations for beginning an exercise program.

Here are just a few examples of exercises that would be considered arthritis friendly. 

  1. Cardiovascular training (i.e. walking, elliptical cross-trainer, biking) 
  2. Tai Chi 
  3. Yoga 
  4. Pilates 
  5. Water exercise 
  6. Resistance Training (i.e. body weight exercises, etc.) 

If you are new to exercise and want to learn how to safely get started, please consult with one of our Medical Exercise Specialists to assist with your fitness needs. (310) 374 - 3426, option 3.