- Helps preserve muscle strength and normal mobility of joints.
- Relieves pain and stiffness.
- Prevents further deformities.
- Improves over-all physical fitness.
- Improves coordination.
- Engage in low-impact exercises like stationary cycling, rowing, and water aerobics.
- Start with low intensity exercise.
- During periods of inflammation or pain (for rheumatoid arthritis), reduce exercise intensity and duration.
- You need longer than normal (longer than ten minutes) warm-ups and cool-downs.
- Modify your exercise intensity or duration depending on how you feel that day.
- It is important that you move your joints through a full range of motion at least once a day, otherwise, your joints will become stiff.
- If you experience pain two hours after exercise, you need to adjust the intensity or the duration of the exercise.
- Do not exercise to the point of pain in your joints.
- Use isometric exercises when you can (unless you have hypertension) because these type of exercises put the least amount of stress on your joints.
- Consult your doctor if you experience severe pain after exercise.
Type of Exercise
Non-weight bearing exercises like stationary cycling, aqua aerobics, and swimming.
Low to moderate intensity.
At least four to five times a week.
Warm-up and cool-down periods that are longer than ten minutes. Fifteen to twenty minutes for the exercise proper period.
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