5 Arthri­tis Myths – Busted!

Ex­er­cise can be an ef­fec­tive way of deal­ing with arthri­tis symp­toms

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Con­tents - BY FLANNERY DEAN

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ARTHRI­TIS MYTH #1: YOU CAN’T

EX­ER­CISE If you have arthri­tis, the right fit­ness pro­gramme could help you get re­lief from your symp­toms by im­prov­ing strength, bal­ance, flex­i­bil­ity and range of mo­tion. “If you have arthri­tis, it’s im­por­tant to stay as ac­tive as you can,” says phys­io­ther­a­pist Karen Gor­don.

TIP Ex­perts rec­om­mend at least 30 min­utes of mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise five days a week. Dust off your bike, buy a new bathing suit, start strength train­ing – get mov­ing in the ways that bring you the most hap­pi­ness.

ARTHRI­TIS MYTH #2: EX­ER­CISE

PRO­DUCES JOINT PAIN The more seden­tary you are, the more things are go­ing to hurt. Ex­er­cise helps by build­ing strength and flex­i­bil­ity and con­trol­ling weight, says Gor­don. One less kilo­gram on the scale equals four kilo­grams less pres­sure on your knees. Al­ter­nate easy days with more chal­leng­ing days. Gor­don sug­gests swim­ming or us­ing an ex­er­cise bike when pain is more both­er­some.

TIP To help with painful, swollen knees, wear a brace. Stiff­ness could be a sign you need to start mov­ing to lu­bri­cate your joints. Al­ways con­sult

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