Exercising with Chronic Health Conditions

It's true that almost anyone, at any age, can do some sort of physical activity. Believe it or not, it's possible to still exercise even if you have a health condition like Arthritis, Diabetes, Heart Disease or Chronic Pain. In fact, physical activity can help with some of these conditions.

For most older adults, physical activity such as walking, riding a bike, swimming, weightlifting and gardening are safe to do, especially if you incorporate them slowly into your daily/weekly routine. First, you may want to talk to your doctor about how your health condition might effect your ability to be active.

Exercising with Arthritis

For those who suffer with arthritis, exercise can actually reduce joint pain and stiffness. In addition, weight loss can occur, which also decreases joint pain and stress on the joints. Flexibility exercises such as upper and lower body stretching and tai chi can help keep joints moving and relieve stiffness. Strengthening exercises, such as overhead arm raises, can help you build and maintain muscle strength to support and protect your joints. Endurance exercises help to make the heart and arteries stronger & may lessen the swelling in some joints. Try