Low-Impact Exercises for Arthritis Relief
Exercising is a challenge for everyone, but for a person living with arthritis exercise can be unbearable. It is important for people who have arthritic pain to stay active because it helps decrease joint pain and stiffness, improve flexibility, increases bone strength, healthier sleeping patterns and an overall sense of feeling better.
The following are some examples of exercises for arthritis relief:
Basic Low-Impact Exercises:
Yoga is one of the best exercises for seniors with arthritis. According to the Yoga Journal website, practicing yoga helps seniors with arthritis by loosening up the muscles and increasing range of motion. It can also increase flexibility and balance, which are very important for seniors because they help to prevent falls.
Water-based aerobic exercise can help reduce the stress placed on your hips, knees and spine. Swimming laps, water aerobics or water walking are some examples of exercises you can do in the water.
Walking can have a low impact on your joints, is inexpensive and can be done virtually anywhere. You should complete your walking routine during a time of day when your arthritis pain is least severe.
Bicycling, whether in a gym on the stationary bike, or outdoors on a street bike, can also help seniors who have arthritis. Bicycling keeps joints flexible but strong and can even reduce arthritis pain.
Weight lifting and other forms of strength training are essential for seniors, especially those with arthritis – training such as lifting light weights increases bone density and helps to protect the joints. It can also build and maintain muscle strength.
Let a CalaCare caregiver help your senior stay active; it’s key to warding off their fears of losing independence, declining health, and inability to manage daily tasks of living.
Because staying active is so important to a person’s well-being and quality of life, CalaCare strives to help seniors stay mentally and physically active. Combined with the appropriate medication prescribed by a doctor and lifestyle enhancements, we can help a person cope with arthritis and to experience a higher quality of life.
To learn more about keeping your senior loved one manage a chronic illness at home, call CalaCare at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).