The Arthritis Foundation estimates that, depending on the type of arthritis, people living with arthritis-related diseases experience anxiety at rates 4-8 times greater than the general population. It’s a pain that might creep up slowly with a dull, mild discomfort in your joints. Or it might rage suddenly without warning, bringing on a stabbing intensity as sharp as a knife. Symptoms of arthritis are pain, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints, it can happen at any age however it is frequently seen in people who are in their 50’s. 

That feeling of loneliness can affect one’s mood, energy levels, and personal relationships.

Many people with arthritis find relief through alternative remedies and diet/lifestyle changes in addition to their medication regimen. Laurie Ferguson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Vice President of Research and Education for Global Healthy Living Foundation, says there are many options that can improve both physical and mental well-being.

Exercises for Arthritis

It can be very difficult for people with arthritis pain to exercise, but even the simplest of movements can help with symptoms. “Just having some kind of physical movement each day is important,” Ferguson says. The exercise does not have to be something special or elaborate – simply walking is a great way to keep the body moving.

Walking

This simple exercise can fit easily into your daily routine no matter how old you are or where you live. It’s free — just find a safe place to walk in your area and get moving. Find some friends, neighbors, or family members to join you for a walk to make it even more fun. Walking can be good for your heart health, joint health, and mood.

If the weather is bad, you can walk inside a mall or your home. If it’s a pretty day, explore your neighborhood or local park. Walk on flat, paved surfaces to be safe. Make sure you have well-fitting, comfortable walking shoes, and socks. Wear comfortable clothing that you can work up a sweat in. Drink some water beforehand or bring a small bottle so you don’t get dehydrated.

Start slowly and walk at an easy pace. As you feel more confident, challenge yourself to walk a little faster or farther, or both. Some people like to use personal fitness tracking devices (i.e. a Fitbit or a pedometer) to track their daily activity and encourage consistent exercise.

Biking

People with arthritis have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease because of the inflammation involved. Riding a bike, either stationary or regular, can help rev up and strengthen your heart. It can also help you ease stiffness, improve range of motion or flexibility, and build endurance and muscle tone.

These are some tips to overcome the pain of Arthritis something that can be easily adopted in your daily life! 

References

Exercises for Arthritis – CreakyJoints. (2020). Retrieved 29 July 2020, from https://creakyjoints.org/education/treatments/exercises-for-arthritis/

Pain-Coping Arthritis Blogs You Should Follow. (2020). Retrieved 29 July 2020, from https://paulchristomd.com/pain-coping-arthritis-blogs-follow/

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