According to ACE fitness expert Beth Shepard, it’s been shown that exercise has the ability to lessen arthritis joint pain and stiffness, as well as strengthen the muscles and tissue around the affected joints, which ultimately helps to improve overall quality of life. The key, Shepard says, is to stick with low-impact activities that promote mobility and help to build strength. Experts at The Arthritis Foundation agree: joint-friendly exercises that fit this description can help promote flexibility and pain relief and can possibly prevent pain from starting, too.
Here are just a few of the best exercises and activities, suggested by both The Arthritis Foundation and fitness experts alike, that you should consider as part of your prescription for relieving arthritis pain.
Note: Always consult your doctor before starting any new fitness program.