Physical Activity and Arthritis
Being physically active whilst living with arthritis can be challenging, as symptoms may include inflammation and pain in the joints. However, being active can have many benefits, even helping to reduce and prevent pain.
If you have arthritis, it is vital that you try to stay active or increase your level of activity as this can help reduce pain, improve function and keep you more active.
What Activities Should I be doing?
The NHS advise that doing the right forms of exercise will not worsen symptoms of arthritis. If you're unsure about where to start, take a look at the video below from Arthritis Action. In the video, hear from a registered osteopath and conditioning coach about the importance of being physically active, and get some useful advice to help you get started, including which activities may be most beneficial.
Below the video you can also find resources from Arthritis Action, and a link to their website for further support.
In 2017, Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care joined forces to become Versus Arthritis- an organisation who work to create a movement standing with and for people with arthritis.
They offer a range of services dedicated to supporting individuals with arthritis to become physically active.
- Let's Move - a programme designed to find the level of movement that's right for you and build confidence in your body. Through the programme, you'll receive content to help you get active, tailored to people with arthritis; hear inspiring stores from others who have changed their lives through activity; and become part of an online community where you can connect with others on the same journey and access expert advice.
- A YouTube Channel with a range of playlists: Free online movement and exercise classes; Let's Move- Moving my way; Tailored Stretching; and Arthritis Stories- Everyday experiences and tips.
- Information, advice, and resources, including activities to try at home, and guidance on which type of exercises may be most beneficial. Take a look at some of the many resources created by Versus Arthritis below.