Exercise is very important when you are struggling with arthritis. Physical exercise is a necessity, when it comes to strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and stamina. Over all strength is important, when it comes to using your joints in body movement. This is why exercise, even moderately, is very important.
There are three areas of concentration, when it comes to physical fitness. 1. Over all strength development. The stronger your muscles, the easier it is to move your limbs. 2. Flexibility is important because it adds to your full range of motion. This is very important for the joints. 3. Cardiovascular improvement keeps your hear strong and reduces high blood pressure. These are the three areas to focus on. Let’s take a look at all three of these areas of fitness.
Strong muscles relieve stress on the joints. This helps to eliminate pain in these areas. There are two ways to strengthen muscles. They are Isometric and Isotonic. Isometric is the strengthening of muscles without moving joints. Isotonic is the opposite. Isometric is your best bet. A good example, of an Isometric exercise is to push hard on an immovable item, like a wall.
Developing and maintaining flexibility is very important for individuals with Arthritis. A great workout would be that of “Tai chi.” It is a slow gradual exercise. Another is Yoga. Yoga, at times, will hold joints in one position for an extended period of time. Both are very helpful, to an individual with Arthritis. Each has a good purpose. Tai chi reduces stress on joints and over all body stress. It can also improve body balance. The older you get, the more balance ability you need. Yoga is good for strengthening and relaxing muscles that are stiff from the disease. Tai chi information can be ordered from the Arthritis Foundation web site.
Cardiovascular (aerobic) Exercise
Is the use of large muscle exercise. This type, of exercise, develops your heart and circulation system. It is an exercise of continuous motion. These are activities like walking, jogging, biking, swimming and even climbing for certain individuals. Notice that each of these involve the use of your legs. The legs have the largest muscles located in the body.
It is a good idea, for people with Arthritis, to use a doctor or personal trainer to set up an exercise routine. Professionals can test what you can and can’t do, before you start. The main goal with Arthritis is to keep moving.