Many caregivers and their loved ones suffer from arthritis. Arthritis adds difficulty to daily tasks and can be physically limiting. It’s important to establish an exercise routine that helps combat the daily discomfort that goes along with arthritis. Daily activity and movement will help reduce joint stiffness, and exercising under the direction of a physician is a crucial pain management component to help with aching joints. Not stretching and moving the joints daily can lead to joint and bone deterioration. Even better, exercise is a great way for caregivers to bond with their loved ones while staying healthy.
The following is a list of activities that help reduce the impact of arthritis while also improving physical fitness:
Exercising in the pool will reduce the stress on the joints and is a less painful way to exercise. Swimming is a great, low-impact way to burn calories, raise the heart rate and improve overall health.
Walking is great because it requires no gym, no pool, and with a little discipline, is a great part of the daily routine.
If the thought of daily walks or a swim in the pool doesn’t sound exciting, how about biking? Biking can be a fun mode of transportation or simply a fun way to get outside. Biking is great for arthritis because it’s relatively easy on the joints.
Yoga is a great mind-body exercise that can be enjoyed in a group setting or in the comfort of your own home. Allow yourself to clear your mind, unwind from your day and get a great, arthritis-friendly exercise in for the day.
Home Care Tip
The thought of exercise when in pain can be daunting, but a gradual increase in daily activity will help stretch the joints and strengthen muscles. For stiffness and pain, heat and cooling treatments can help. This may include cold compresses, a heating pad, and a warm shower. Exercising for short periods several times a week will bring lasting benefits.
If you or a loved one is suffering from arthritis pain and would like to explore ways one of our caregivers could bring relief and comfort to your life give us a call today for a free consultation – 615-422-7549