What are some exercises for arthritis?


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According to Health magazine, the chair stand, walking, water workouts and three-way hip exercises are exercises for arthritis. These exercises build muscle, prevent stiffness in the joints and increase heart and bone health. If joints are too inflamed, it is best to rest completely or decrease the exercises during the first two to three days; pushing through arthritic pain causes damaging effects.

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What are some exercises for arthritis?
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Health magazine states that 10 to 15 repetitions of chair stands using a normal-height chair strengthens the legs. Chair stands simply require 10 to 15 repetitions of standing up from the chair and then sitting down. Walking at a moderate intensity three-to-five days a week is an aerobic activity that strengthens bones. Walking in 10-minute intervals and building up to thirty minutes is generally recommended.

Walking from one side of a lap pool to the other at a brisk pace along with using an underwater treadmill allows a person to use the buoyancy of the water to exercise with less pressure on the joints. Three-way hip exercises such as holding onto the kitchen sink and bringing each knee up strengthens front hip muscles, and raising legs out to the side and back alternatively strengthens the outer thighs and gluteal muscles, notes Health magazine.

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