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I want to start an exercise program and I have arthritis. What should I do?

I want to start an exercise program and I have arthritis. What should I do?

What you like to do: There are many choices for someone with arthritis embarking on an exercise program, and exercise is hugely beneficial to patients with arthritis. One should always pick something he or she enjoys and clear it with his personal physician. Some commonly recommended exercises are walking, swimming, other aerobic water exercises, cycling, yoga, and tai chi. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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I want to start an exercise program what precautions should I take before I start?

I want to start an exercise program what precautions should I take before I start?

Start slow: I would get a physical to make sure you have no underlying medical problems i would start 3x /wk or every other day with either walking/ swimming or cycling and gradually build up to 20-30 minutes each time if you start walking, you should gradually try to incorporate a few minutes of jogging into your exercise as tolerated until you can run for the full time then gradually increase your time. ...Read more

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Im just getting over the flu , when is it safe to start an exercise program?

Im just getting over the flu , when is it safe to start an exercise program?

Go easy: Take it easy over the next few weeks. Build slowly by just walking a bit. Throw away all holiday treats that may be lying around the house into the garbage. When you are completely recovered, then begin. Glad you are feeling better! ...Read more

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I have a low back injury and would like to start an exercise program. What is a safe program to do?

I have a low back injury and would like to start an exercise program. What is a safe program to do?

A lot!: Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control with regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications, try a back support, & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Exercise can include walking, elliptical and stairmaster machines to start and then increase it along with gentle stretching and core strength. ...Read more

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Is it okay to start an exercise program before wisdom teeth extraction?

Is it okay to start an exercise program before wisdom teeth extraction?

Certainly, but: You will have to take a few days off after the extractions to keep swelling down and reduce chances of dry socket and bleeding. Exercise is great. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Do I need a special exercise program?

Do I need a special exercise program?

Good question: Everone needs an exercise program! how yours will differ from someone else's will depend on what you need. Your current heath status, underlying conditions, how good of shape you are in and your endurance. Talk to your doctor before starting something new so you will only gain and not suffer any harm! ...Read more

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I need an exercise program for the fall/winter?

In-home DVDs: I'm a huge fan of programs that include both aerobic and resistance exercises, target different muscle groups and that rely on "muscle confusion" to vary the routines. If appropriate for your goals and fitness level, p90x and related programs have been popular and successful for many people. ...Read more

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When must I record progress in my exercise program?

Daily: I believe its best to keep a dally and weekly log to monitor your exercise in both time and quality of your workouts when you look back you will be pleasantly surprised at your progress in a relatively short time frame. ...Read more

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What should I consider when beginning an exercise program?

What should I consider when beginning an exercise program?

Exercise starting: First, an evaluation by a healthcare professional, either a trainer, or your doctor. At 38, you could have some undiagnosed medical conditions. High blood pressure, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, back problems...which all could affect an exercise program. Second, start slow. Low impact. Short amount of time. Many get frustration by expecting results too fast. Try to do too much, too quickly. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Program (Definition)

There are many benefits to being active during pregnancy. You may not feel great every day of your pregnancy, but exercise should make you feel better overall and may help prepare you for labor and childbirth. There are some conditions or symptoms that may make exercising during pregnancy inadvisable. Talk with your health care provider about the exercise that ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more