Top 10 Exercises for People with Arthritis


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Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist
Want to increase your activity level, but don't know how? Consider hiring a personal trainer.
Want to increase your activity level, but don't know how? Consider hiring a personal trainer.
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When it comes to exercise, if your get up and go has left the building, it may be best to turn to a trained professional to help restore your motivation. A personal trainer or physical therapist will help ensure that your exercise routine involves strength and endurance, flexibility and range of motion. These three facets of exercise are vital for helping ease and improve the symptoms of arthritis.

When choosing a professional to design your exercise program, find someone who'll be considerate of the fact that [source: University of New Mexico]:

  • People with arthritis are frequently less active
  • Their range of motion is limited by swelling, pain and stiffness
  • Repetitive movements can become painful after time
  • Extra support and encouragement goes a long way

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