It's certainly true to say that when you suffer from arthritis, the last thing on your mind would be physical exercise. The symptoms of the disease can mix with fatigue and a certain amount of pain to make exercise rather difficult, but it's nevertheless important for you to attempt it, as it can help to keep muscles strong and give you necessary energy. In the circumstances, what types of exercise could you benefit from?
Physical exercise can certainly put a strain on various joints, including the knees and hips. Perhaps you should consider only seated exercises, as these can help to build strength without the corresponding joint strain.
Many people decide that gardening could be a way to get their activity for the day. You can combine your green fingers with some valuable activity outside. Perhaps you can start off with some raised flowerbeds, which will help you if you find it difficult to crouch down at all.
Out and about
Try to get out and about every day if you can. Many people don't consider walking to be exercise, per se, but it is absolutely good for you, and relatively straightforward. Why not try to get together with others in your situation and form a walking group? This will help should you feel lonely or remote at any time.
Tai Chi developed in the far east and has quickly become one of the leading forms of exercise for people with limited mobility. This is because the exercises are all gentle and performed slowly and they can help to stretch out muscles and keep flexibility in hip, knee and ankle joints. Look in your locality for groups that specialise in this form of exercise. There's nothing more pleasant than a Tai Chi session, performed with friends in the early morning daylight at your local park.
Slowly Does It
Perhaps you can try each one of these new forms of exercise, to see which you prefer? Do some additional research to come up with other, new ideas and try to mix things up, so that your exercise regimen doesn't get stale.
Checking in First
Don't try and take on more than you can handle, especially when you begin a new exercise regimen. It's always a good idea for you to have a word with your doctor, who will give you the all clear for your intended activity.
Contact an arthritis treatment company for more information and assistance.