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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - FOCUS ON ARTHRITIS -

Gen­tly does it

Stretch­ing to warm up your body and your joints can help pre­vent pain and in­jury dur­ing ex­er­cise. Like­wise, stretch­ing at the end of an ex­er­cise ses­sion will work to pre­vent pain and stiff­ness the next day. “To start ac­tiv­ity safely for the first time, go slow,” Grainne O’Leary rec­om­mends. “Do less than you think you will be able to man­age. If you cope well, do a lit­tle bit more next time and keep build­ing up grad­u­ally.

“Ac­tiv­i­ties should be easy on the joints like walk­ing, bi­cy­cling, wa­ter aer­o­bics or danc­ing,” Grainne adds. “These ac­tiv­i­ties have a low risk of in­jury and do not twist or stress the joints too much.”

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