Your Personal Best: Arthritis Prevention
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
Arthritis affects over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children in America.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, certain forms of exercise and physical activity are recommended to prevent arthritis in the future.
Exercise increases our mobility, improves range of motion, slows down the progression of the disease and helps in pain reduction.
Murphy says that neuromuscular activity is important, which can consist of stretching, tai chi, yoga or lifting weights.
Low to no impact aerobics are also recommended. These exercises include walking, cycling, swimming or water aerobics.
Murphy and the Arthritis Foundation emphasize the importance of working with your physician to get the proper guidance and direction for the type of exercise you should participate in.
Since there are many different forms of arthritis, getting necessary guidance, direction and even supervision will be most helpful in the progression of your strength, mobility and pain reduction.
It’s important that we take care of our bodies by continuing to be safe and practice wellness.