Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
If you have arthritis and you’re thinking about incorporating exercise into your daily life, it’s recommended you consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a tailored exercise plan that is safe for your individual needs.
In a heated pool
Hydrotherapy and pool based exercise is best for your arthritic joints as the water provides excellent therapeutic benefits. A heated pool for water exercises is recommended (28 – 31degrees C), as warm water helps to relax muscles and reduce pain.
Otherwise, if hydrotherapy isn’t your thing remember to choose a place with appropriate surfaces that provide shock absorption and stability.
Exercise in the middle of the day
Choosing a time of day where the pain is least severe ideal. Middle of the day is a preferable time for you as this is generally the time of day that pain is typically least severe.
This is because while you sleep, your body temperature drops, leaving you stiff and lacking flexibility in the morning. Since flexibility helps your joints move in their full range of motion during a workout, you may not perform optimally first thing in the morning.
Middle of the day is also advised as this timing is in conjunction with the peak activity of pain medications.
For more information and advice for those living with arthritis, please visit the Arthritis Australia website.