Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

by | Oct 22, 2015 | Arthritis, Lower Body

Arthritis is typically characterized by joint pain and stiffness. Did you know that simple exercises can help ease arthritis pain?


Arthritis Facts


  • It is estimated that 50 million U.S. adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis (1/5)
  • 10% of all adults have arthritis-attributable activity limitation
  • Nearly 50% of individuals 65 years or older have arthritis

Living with arthritis can be a vicious cycle.  Pain and stress lead to reduced activity, which ultimately results in decreased flexibility and strength.  You can stop this debilitating cycle with regular movement breaks.


Regular Movement Breaks are Better


Studies suggest that it takes individuals with arthritis 25-320% more energy to walk when compared to those without arthritis.  This extraordinary energy requirement makes it easy to see why long workouts are not the best solution.

Did you know as little as 10 minutes of activity is associated with positive change in heart health? Regular movement helps ease arthritis pain.


Simple Moves to Ease Arthritis Pain


Everyday activities require the right amount of strength and flexibility.

If I can teach people one thing about exercise, it would be that each joint needs movement in 6 directions.  It helps get to the source of pain and weakness, solves problems and prevents injury in a huge way.

Try pressing against the resistance of the water moving the leg in 6 directions:

  • Front to back (10-15x)
  • Right to left (10-15x)
  • Right and Left Rotation (10-15x)

leg press movement

There are numerous ways that you can change this exercise. Try these other options:

  • Slow motion for flexibility and balance
  • Bigger range for flexibility and core strength
  • Round #1 super slow; Round #2 medium speed; Round #3 fast! (like in the video below)

No matter how you do it, make sure that you are always moving at a comfortable pace and in a range that feels good!


The Takeaway


Ease arthritis pain by making movement a part of your daily routine. Take regular movement breaks that use the simple-six exercise plan and you’ll not only feel good afterward, but you’ll feel great while you are doing it. 

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Laurie Denomme

Laurie Denomme

an exercise coach dedicated to helping you move better and be your best everyday.

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