Does that suggestion surprise you? Many people with arthritis are under the misconception that exercise would be bad for their painful joints.
Actually, exercise is an essential part of managing arthritis.
Exercise helps to relieve joint pain, boosts energy, and helps to improve mobility and joint function.
Even with the realization that exercise is beneficial, many people with arthritis have a hard time sticking with an exercise regimen — especially any kind of exercise program at home.
Joining a fitness club or gym may help you make the commitment to exercise.
Below are four reasons that joining a fitness club or gym could be beneficial:
1. Structured Environment
It is easier to focus on exercise in an environment that is solely for that purpose. When you go to a fitness center, you have allocated the necessary time and space you need to exercise.
2. Group Setting
At the fitness center or gym, you will be surrounded by people who are there to work out and improve their fitness, too.
The social aspect that a fitness club brings to exercise will improve your attitude and build motivation to levels you wouldn’t attain if you were exercising alone at home.
3. Special Programs (Including Aquatic Programs)
Many of the programs are designed for people with physical limitations, and are even endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation.
At fitness clubs that have pool facilities, aquatic programs are very popular among people with arthritis. You might also find beginning classes for yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.
4. Availability of Equipment
Fitness clubs and gyms have a variety of gym equipment available for your use that you likely don’t have at home.
Treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes are pieces of equipment that many arthritis patients choose to use.
Remember, before you join a gym or fitness club, be sure to check with your physician.
Source: About Health