The message is important and often repeated. People with osteoarthritis should exercise and participate in physical activity on a regular basis. Staying active is an essential part of managing osteoarthritis. Physical activity helps to maintain muscle strength, mobility, and joint health. But, the message is lost on some people with osteoarthritis who resist regular exercise.
Many of those who resist exercise believe one of two things -- that osteoarthritis prevents them from exercising or that exercise makes osteoarthritis worse. They may be focusing on high-impact activities that would be difficult with their physical limitations. Low-impact exercise, however, is do-able and recommended for people with osteoarthritis. What exactly is low-impact exercise? How can you benefit from low-impact exercise? Learn more in Low-Impact Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis Patients.
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