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I want to start an exercise program and I have arthritis. What should I do?
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Start slow
Exercise for people with arthritis can help them with their pain if they start slow and use non-impact exercise (like water aerobics).
A visit with a physical therapist can really help.

In brief: Start slow
Exercise for people with arthritis can help them with their pain if they start slow and use non-impact exercise (like water aerobics).
A visit with a physical therapist can really help.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
Answer assisted by Mike Moore, Medical Student
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2 comments
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great response
Mike Moore
Thanks!
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Stretch. Move.
(1) warm up. (2)stretch all over: fingers to toes.
(3) start 10 minutes every other day. If you don't hurt the next day, each week add 10 minutes each session. (4) low impact exercise like walking, biking, swimming, tai chi. Congrats on making great changes. More info here: www.Arthritis.Org.

In brief: Stretch. Move.
(1) warm up. (2)stretch all over: fingers to toes.
(3) start 10 minutes every other day. If you don't hurt the next day, each week add 10 minutes each session. (4) low impact exercise like walking, biking, swimming, tai chi. Congrats on making great changes. More info here: www.Arthritis.Org.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
In brief: Pool activity
As a family medicine doctor i recommend that you do isometric physical activity.
The best example is doing activity in a pool where gravity is decreased thus decreasing stress on your joints.

In brief: Pool activity
As a family medicine doctor i recommend that you do isometric physical activity.
The best example is doing activity in a pool where gravity is decreased thus decreasing stress on your joints.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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