Posted by: ugleepen | January 17, 2013

Arthritis – Exercise and Rest

ugleepen - exercise1. Why Exercise? Exercise for arthritis is necessary to maintain healthy joints, relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength.

Your arthritis exercise program should be tailored to you as an individual. You can start with low impact exercising, like walking and bicycling.

Swimming is a wonderful exercise for anyone and especially for people with arthritis. The water gives your body buoyancy which reduces stress on the hips, knees and spine.

A stretch program will help you improve your range of motion and will assist you in your ability to perform daily activities more comfortably.

With the help of a knowledgeable trainer, you could start a light strength program to enhance your muscle tone.

uglee pen - resting2. Why Rest? Rest is just as important as exercise to manage your arthritis condition. Sleeping 8-10 hours per night and taking naps during the day can help you recover from flare-ups of arthritis more quickly.

During times of exceptional pain, resting prevents additional strain on already inflamed joints. Perhaps 2 hours of bed rest (this can, of course, be resting on the couch in the living room) a day. The idea is to continue your rest periods until you feel a significant reduction in your pain for at two weeks.

After that, your doctor will probably suggest you cut back on bed rest. Then you can increase your daily activities slowly and cautiously, with appropriate support for arthritic joints that bear your body weight, such as your knees and hips.

You also will need to work on reducing stress.  Physical and mental stress can aggravate your symptoms.  Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga, and Stretch ‘n Tone, or an aquarobics class are all excellent choices to help you with that, just make sure your instructors know about your challenge with arthritis.

When you want to reduce stress and strain on arthritic joints of the hands and fingers, you need to use an ergonomic pen that allows the hand to relax during writing.

Handwriting can put pressure on inflamed joints when the pen has to be gripped hard, but the UGLee Pen actually grips you, so there is no excess pressure. This is the best pen to help your hand remain comfortable and relaxed while writing.

Source: Tips for Dealing with Arthritis

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