When you are in pain, the last thing you want to do is workout. But people with different conditions are more likely to keep symptoms under control if they exercise at least for a few minutes every day. Here are some types of exercise which can help you move and feel better.
Slow it down
When you are in the middle of a painful flare, you obviously do not want to do anything that will increase your inflammation. Generally, physicians recommend to continue any exercises you can, perhaps substituting motion of range and stretching for more rigorous strengthening. On the other hand you can concentrate on an area of your body that does not have the flare. In some cases, it is appropriate to discontinue exercises for a short period of time, but not for long as it may become a vicious cycle, leading to stiff and weak joints.
If your joints are painful, getting into the water might be the good way to let the aching go. The buoyancy takes weight off of the joints. Swimming is also good for the upper joints as it helps to keep your elbows flexible. Water training can take the form of regular water aerobics, lap-lengths, or even walking in the pool. A 2011 study found that aquatic workouts conferred small to moderate benefit on various forms of pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, myalgia, back pain and osteoarthritis.