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How Does Exercise Help With Arthritis?

Can arthritis be reversed through exercise? Exercise doesn’t reverse damage that’s already done. But it helps prevent arthritis from getting worse, and it has the added benefit of keeping excess pounds off. That can make a huge difference on the joints that support most of the body’s weight: the hips and knees.

What is the best exercise for someone with arthritis? Muscle-strengthening exercises include lifting weights, working with resistance bands, and yoga. These can be done at home, in an exercise class, or at a fitness center. Flexibility exercises like stretching and yoga are also important for people with arthritis.

How does exercise improve joint pain and stiffness? Regular physical activity can keep the muscles around affected joints strong, decrease bone loss and may help control joint swelling and pain. Regular activity replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of the joint and reduces stiffness and pain.