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Published on May 01, 2015

The Power of Movement

May 1, 2015

woman resting hands on yoga matExercising may not seem very appealing when your joints ache, but did you know moderate activity actually helps put an end to joint pain?

“Working out regularly strengthens the muscles and bones that support your joints, helps preserve balance, and improves your joints’ range of motion,” says Cindy Tucker, physical therapist and director of rehabilitation services at KishHealth System. “In the long run, exercising will make you feel better and keep you on your feet.”

Build a safe, effective fitness plan with these tips:

  • Don’t go it alone. “Ask your doctor if you should make any exercise modifications for any health conditions,” advises Julie Gavin-Freeman, yoga instructor at KishHealth System Physical Therapy Center. “Then find a specialist who can teach you how to correctly perform movements that promote proper alignment and address your specific joint limitations.”
  • Strive for balance. According to Tucker, you should perform three types of activity: Stretching and other range-of-motion exercises to promote joint flexibility; strength training, such as yoga or lifting light weights, to build strong muscles; and energizing aerobic activity to keep your heart healthy.
  • Think low-impact. Protect your joints from jarring, pounding motions by walking, swimming, or taking a water aerobics class.

Give Yoga a Try

An ancient mind-body practice, yoga helps relieve stress and provides a gentle stretch that is easy on your joints. For adults with osteoporosis and arthritis, yoga is easily modifiable—you can perform stretches in a chair or modify poses for an easier stretch, if needed.

Until you become more seasoned, work with an instructor to make sure you perform poses correctly. Try a gentle yoga class at least once a week and spend five to 10 minutes stretching every day between classes to stay limber.

From yoga to water aerobics, KishHealth System provides a wealth of exercise classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. For a comprehensive list, visit kishprograms.org and select “Fitness.”

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