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The Importance of Staying Active When You Have Arthritis

When you have arthritis, physical activity can improve stiffness, pain, and mood. Though your instincts might tell you to sta

If you’re one of the 54 million people with arthritis, you know the pain, stiffness, aching, and swelling that the disease can cause. Osteoarthritis is most common, but gout, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are all forms of this joint disorder that can feel debilitating at times. About 24 million of arthritis sufferers experience compromised activity because of their disorder.

If you have any form of arthritis, you might think exercising or movement will just contribute to your pain. But, joint-friendly physical activities that are low-impact are actually valuable to your arthritis and its symptoms.

At More MD, we see patients with arthritis and always recommend appropriate physical activity added gradually to help improve their condition. If you’re in the Prescott or Lake Havasu, Arizona area, Raghav Mohindra, MD and John Moran, MD can help you find activity that works for you. Read on to learn some of the benefits you’ll gain from fitting exercise into your routine.

Improved joint movement

Arthritis creates swelling, pain, and stiffness as a result of the breakdown of connective tissue in your joints. Though it may feel challenging, moving these joints daily combats these uncomfortable symptoms. You experience greater range of motion and less swelling as a result.

Movement improves circulation, which bathes joints in fluids and nutrients while removing excessive waste.

Stronger muscles

Stronger muscles are better able to absorb impact and move your body, taking stress off the bones and connective tissue at your joints. When you add physical activity, you train muscles to engage and do the work they should, rather than relying on the bones.

Weight management

When you’re overweight or obese, your joints must bear that much more impact with every step. Exercise helps burn calories, keeping your weight on track. Combine your physical activity with smart dietary choices to keep your weight in check.

Better sleep

Arthritis often makes sleep fitful as you struggle to find a comfortable position. More physical activity means you’re a little more tuckered out in the evening, so slumber comes more readily. You’re tired, so you’re less distracted by aches and pains and are just ready to sleep. With more sleep, you have more energy during the day – to add even more physical activity and boost your mood.

Appropriate physical activity

When you have arthritis, physical activity should be mild and gentle. You don’t need to run a marathon or become a bodybuilder to benefit. At More MD, we can help you find appropriate low-impact activity, such as walking regularly through your neighborhood, taking up a dance class, or just moving your joints with arm circles or knee extensions while you sit in a chair. 

Being independent in daily activities, such as showering and washing dishes, is a good place to start. Your body may be fitful at first, and you may tire easily, but when you add physical activity gradually, your stamina improves. With time, you’re able to add more movement.

Call More MD, or click on this website to make an appointment and learn how physical activity and other at-home changes bring relief from arthritis. The doctors help you choose exercise depending on the joints involved in your condition, your level of inflammation, and the presence of any joint replacements. We will work with you to add physical activity without overwhelming you. Then, you’re on the road to a happier, healthier day-to-day life. 

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