Other popular ways to exercise
You might not want to exercise at home – you may find it harder to get motivated or you may even find it lonely. There are other ways and places to exercise, but always remember to make sure the exercise is safe and appropriate to you.
Exercise classes can be motivating, thanks to the interaction with other people and supervision from an instructor. With such a choice, there is bound to be a class that appeals to you – examples include yoga and aqua-aerobics. Some classes are aimed at people over 50, over 60, or those with limited mobility, while others are more general and open to all.
Gyms and personal trainers
Gyms offer a way of exercising with the latest equipment, under expert supervision. There is sometimes access to a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi, which offer heat benefits to people with arthritis.
Yoga combines exercise, breathing and relaxation. It is very popular with people with arthritis for its gentle way of promoting flexibility and strength in mind, body and spirit.
Pilates is a series of gentle, controlled movements which target the deep postural muscles, building strength from inside out. It puts little strain on joints, as most of the exercises are low-impact.
Tai chi is a form of martial art which gently exercises the body, strengthening muscles and freeing up the joints. It consists of slow, fluid, gentle and circular movements. Many people with arthritis like tai chi as it improves energy, fitness and balance. It also helps correct body posture and improves circulation, flexibility and breathing.