Biking is a great way to feel the wind in your hair and at the same time get in a low-impact aerobic exercise that improves the strength of your heart, hips and knees [source: Arthritis Today]. And cycling can be done indoors in the winter months on a stationary bike, or outdoors when the air is warm and inviting. If cycling is new to you, start with short time slots of at least 10 minutes. Then extend those as your stamina improves.
The CDC recommends that exercise for arthritis needs to be S.M.A.R.T., which stands for:
- Starting low, and going slowly
- Modify the exercise if your pain gets worse, but trying to stay active
- Activities need to be gentle of the joints
- Recognizing and learning safe ways to exercise
- Talk with a health professional about any new form of activity
Now, lace up your sneakers. We're going for a run.