Why exercise is needed
The right kinds of exercise can improve health and fitness without hurting joints. Combined with a treatment program, exercise can add to quality of life. And it can:
Strengthen muscles around joints.
Help maintain bone strength.
Make it easier to sleep well.
Help control weight.
Bones need strong muscles for support. Not exercising weakens those supporting muscles. Weak muscles put more stress on joints.
Check with your health care provider first
Talk to your care provider about making exercise a part of your treatment. The best exercises depend on the type of arthritis and which joints the arthritis is in. A member of your health care team, such as a physical therapist, can work with you to find the exercise plan that’s best for you.