You say that it just hurts too much when I move, so why then would I want to exercise. Or maybe you say that I cannot exercise because I do not belong to a gym. Or maybe you say that the last time I tried exercise I hurt myself. All of these reasons are common but they are not valid excuses for continued inactivity. This is especially true when it comes to arthritis. The worst thing a person can do is to just to stay put. The more you sit the stiffer the joints get. The more that you sit the more likely that you will gain weight. Increased body weight results in more joint wear and tear when you do move.
The key to exercise involves a very gradual approach. You are not exercising for the Olympics but rather for yourself. They say that walking is the perfect exercise for both mobility and cardiovascular health. When necessary, anti-inflammatory medications can be an important piece to arthritis care. However, to rely on medication alone will result in your eventual need for more, stronger and potentially harmful drugs. As with so many other health issues, a person needs to stay active through exercise, eat healthy and maintain an ideal weight. You must start any new exercise program SLOWLY. Exercise with a friend or family member. Perhaps a very low impact exercise tape on your TV would allow you to exercise at home without embarrassment.
Personal motivation is the key to a healthier you.