I have always emphasized the need to exercise even if you are suffering from arthritis. The crucial thing is that, in arthritis patients, the exercise regime should relieve their painful and stiff joints without straining them.
If you feel that water exercises in not enough, you can add this simple exercise that will help strengthen your hips and knee joints.
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As emphasized by this Washington post article:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study included 346 people, average age 70, with self-reported arthritis. Some were assigned to a group that followed the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, formerly called People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE), consisting of basic and advanced exercise classes twice a week for an hour a week for eight weeks.
Others were put in a control group that did not take part in the exercise program.
After eight weeks, people in the exercise group showed significant improvements in pain, fatigue and managing arthritis. The pain and fatigue improvements were still evident six months after completing the exercise program.
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program emphasizes range-of-motion and low-resistance exercises, but the researchers found that people who completed the program also had increased strength in their upper and lower extremities. This suggested that strength training — a minor component of the program — is effective.
I’m telling you, I should stop being lazy and do this simple exercise! That isn’t hard to do isn’t it?! Definitely not. Besides, you can do this anytime, anywhere.