Posted by: ugleepen | March 29, 2012

3 Great Exercises for Seniors with Arthritis

There continues to be the misconception out there that exercise makes arthritis worse, especially in seniors. And while it’s understandable that anyone who suffers from arthritis pain doesn’t want to do anything to increase it, seniors need to know that the fact is – exercise is actually one of the best treatments going for arthritis.

We’re talking here, of course, of proper and careful exercises, and especially ones that are approved by your personal physician.

The right kinds of exercises will actually reduce the pain and stiffness in arthritic joints. A bonus is the strengthening of the muscles around those joints, and an increase in flexibility. Who wouldn’t want all of that?

So, Seniors, you can improve your arthritis condition with these 3 simple exercises:

1. Range of Motion exercises. These exercises are gentle and easy to do, but offer great benefits such as relieving stiffness, and increasing flexibility.

2. Strengthening exercises. This type of exercise improves and then maintains muscle strength, which in turn supports and protects the joints. Examples of this exercise include weight training and working with resistance bands.

Don’t let the thought of weight training intimidate you. You’ll start out with low weights and work up only to the amount that you can handle. If you don’t want to invest in weights at the beginning you can use 1- or 2-pound cans of soup.

 3. Aerobic exercises. Again, don’t let this scare you off. You don’t have to do hard-core jumping jacks. There are lots of different types of activities which give you mild-impact aerobic exercise, and that are actually fun. These include bicycling, walking, swimming, and even water aerobics.

This type of exercise helps improve your cardiovascular functioning, and helps control your weight which in and of itself will go a long way toward improving your arthritis condition.

Check with your doctor for exercise programs in your area for seniors with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation also conducts arthritis exercise programs throughout the U.S. Call (800) 283-7800 to find out what may be available near you.

And as always, your stiff and painful hands and fingers will relax and find comfort when using an ergonomic pen. The UGLee pen’s scientific design creates a true comfort pen with the detailed contours that are perfectly engineered to follow the anatomy of the hand.

Thank you to savvysenior.com.

Photo Credit: ymcanwnc.com

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Responses

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable information. I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare at medigapgroup.com. many of my clients suffer from varying degrees of arthritis, and it is really a hard thing to watch.

    Many of them also believe that working out and exercising will make the arthritis worse, which is false. I will have to show my clients and friends this article that proves what I have been trying to tell them for quite some time now. It is so important for them to stay active to keep what range of motion they still have.

    Thanks again for sharing, you have an excellent blog. I’ll be visiting again soon. If you ever get the opportunity, feel free to check out our brand new website. We’d appreciate any type of feedback!


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