Exercise usually is good for those with arthritis, but there are many potential obstacles to keep you inactive.
Here are strategies to keep you moving, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:
- No time? Exercise in short bursts, even just 10 minutes at a time. Find a fitness partner to help keep it fun.
- If you’re having pain, try a low-impact exercise, such as swimming. Exercise even when you’re tired, as regular exercise helps boost energy.
- Don’t look at exercise as just a way to lose weight. It also helps manage pain, increase flexibility and makes it easier to do daily tasks.
- Look for a new gym if you feel self-conscious at the current one. If money is a concern, just go for a walk or buy inexpensive home workout equipment.
- Try interval training, a few minutes of vigorous exercise followed by a recovery period, if you’re not seeing changes.
- Visit a personal trainer.
- Schedule workouts so you don’t keep putting them off.
- Remember to reward yourself.