Some exercises that are helpful for managing arthritis include flexibility exercises, aerobics, strengthening exercises, walking and aquatic exercises. Although many arthritis sufferers tend to avoid exercise out of fear of pain, exercise is actually the most effective treatments after medication, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Flexibility exercises involve stretching and moving the joints to their full range of motion. Aerobic exercises might include jogging, cycling or swimming. Walking is another aerobic or endurance exercise, which helps to tone muscles and support joints. Exercising while standing in shoulder-height water also helps in strengthening the muscles, while at the same time taking the weight of the body off of the joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.