Getting out of the bed in these chilly mornings does not seem like a good idea, does it? But this laziness can cost you your health. People suffering from arthritis should do winter exercises on a daily basis so as to maintain their health and stay fit.
Lack of physical activities often leads to obesity and increases the pain on weight bearing joints like knees and hips. Therefore, daily exercises are essential for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. These exercises bring with them added benefits such as a good sleep, a better mood, as well as a fit body which can help in reducing arthritis pain to a great extent.
Swimming comes with a lot of benefits for arthritis sufferers. It helps in maintaining muscular strength which further helps in supporting proper functioning of the joints. Submerging your body in warm water helps increase your body temperature which in turn helps in increasing blood circulation.
Walking is the simplest exercise which you can do at any time and at any place. Most of us are too lazy to step outside for a walk during winters, so you can even walk indoors or hit the gym which offer indoor walking tracks.
Tai chi is basically a Chinese exercise which involves circular movements and breathing techniques which greatly increases flexibility, aids in strengthening muscles and improving balance. These exercises are simple, involve low injury risk, and are therefore easier to do.
Cycling is a great exercise for the muscles and joints. In winter if you don’t feel like going out, try indoor cycling or hit the gym where you can do stationary cycling. Cycling provides aerobic exercise which improves the strength of heart, hips and knees.
Yoga comes with huge benefits as it increases both external as well as internal strength. Yoga can help in relieving the pain in joints and muscles. However, you should seek the recommendation of your doctor before going for yoga exercises.
Arthritis patients practice at least one or more of these exercises and experience the difference. The fitter you are, the happier you will be!