The Benefits of Exercise for People with Osteoarthritis

Many people fear that exercise may aggravate joint pain and stiffness.  On the contrary, exercise can help improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints, and lack of exercise can actually lead to more stiffness and pain. Participating in gentle exercise allows you to:  strengthen your muscles, control weight, improve mood, maintain bone strength, sleep better, and have more energy during the day.   Examples of gentle exercise includes such activities as walking, biking, yoga, tai chi and swimming.

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