Exercising with Arthritis


The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both conditions can cause joint pain and inflammation, meaning daily movements can become difficult and restrictive; in turn, causing weakening of muscles.

Regular exercise can keep joints strong and flexible for longer. Contributing to pain relief, exercise can also assist in weight loss which reduces the stress put on our joints.

Discovering a physical activity that suits you and enjoy participating in can be difficult. However, physical activity can reduce symptoms experienced with arthritis.

The below activities have been suggested to benefit those suffering with arthritis, making it enjoyable on your own, or with a friend.

  • Water based exercise (walking, swimming, aerobics)
  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Pilates/Yoga
  • Resistance training

Exercising regularly can help strengthen the muscles around the joint, therefore, taking pressure and stress away from the joint.

If you’re unsure where to start, or which exercise would best suit your condition, our Exercise Referral service can provide you with further information and support from one of our qualified Fitness Instructors. Contact the Wellbeing Centre directly for more information.