Exercise is an important way to keep your muscles strong and your joints flexible.
But when it hurts just to get out of bed, the last thing you may want to do is go for a brisk walk or hit the gym.
To get a workout without aggravating sore joints... take the plunge!
Water exercises... which can involve walking, flexing or lifting can be a good option for people with arthritis.
The buoyancy of the water supports your weight, taking stress off aching joints.
And water's resistance can help strengthen muscles.
Plus, warm water can ease stiffness and reduce pain.
Many local health clubs offer water exercise classes.
You can also work out at home in a pool or hot tub.
The jets on a hot tub have the added benefit of massaging and relaxing muscles.
But before stepping in the water, check the temperature. It shouldn't be too hot.
Ideally, a pool should be between 83 and 88 degrees, and a hot tub no more than 104 degrees.
If you need assistance getting in and out, make sure someone is around to help. And get out right away if you feel lightheaded or nauseated.
Before starting a water exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure it's safe for you.
If so, it could be just what you need to jump start that workout routine.
This entry last modified on: January 25, 2013 2:54 PM
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It can be tough to exercise when your joints are aching from arthritis. Find out how working out in water can strengthen muscles without stressing joints.