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If you have arthritis and want to incorporate strength training into your health routine, these tips can help you get started.
Work with a certified personal trainer who has experience working with people who have osteoarthritis to design and adapt exercises that will work for you.
The goal should be:
1) include strength training,
2) flexibility activities that improve the range of motion
3) aerobic activities that avoid further joint stress (such as exercising in water or using elliptical machines).
Schedule workouts for the hours of the day when you are least likely to suffer from inflammation and pain. Avoid exercising when stiffness is worse.
Warm up before starting a strength training session. Walk for a few minutes as you slowly move and fold your arms in different positions.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, rest your balance and exercise carefully. In general, you should avoid doing strength training with active inflamed joints, at least until the inflammation is loosened. In some cases, water workouts could be a better choice than strength training.
Exercise in a comfortable range of motion. If an exercise or movement causes significant pain, stop doing it!