By: MercyOne Iowa Fitness Staff
October 12 is known as World Arthritis Day (WAD). WAD aims to help raise awareness of the existence and impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. If you are experiencing arthritis symptoms, exercising can help.
Improved Mobility and Flexibility of Your Joints
Increase your range of motion – the ability to move your joints through the full motion they were designed to achieve. Try gentle stretching and movements that take joints through their full span. Regular aquatic exercise can also help relieve pain and improve daily function in your hips and knees.
Stronger Muscles around Your Joints
Gain more support for your joints by building stronger muscles through strength training. A fitness specialist can help develop a strength training workout regimen for your fitness level.
Build Better Balance
Try our group exercise classes such as yoga and tai chi if you have a high risk of falling. Plus, Low-impact aerobic activities such as walking, cycling, and even dancing can not only improve your fitness level but quality of life.
Need help with your workout plan? We can help! Please stop by the Member Services desk to get started on your fitness journey
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Promotes pain reduction through gentle movement for conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune conditions.
Foundation, A. (2022, September 7). Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis. Retrieved from Arthritis Foundation : https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/physical-activity/getting-started/benefits-of-exercise-for-osteoarthritis
Publishing, H. H. (2020, April 21). 4 ways exercise helps arthritis. Retrieved from Harvard Health Publishing : https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/4-ways-exercise-helps-arthritis
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