Arthritis can affect anyone at anytime regardless of age, ethnicity or physical condition.¹ According to The Arthritis Society, one in six adult Canadians lives with arthritis. Many of us know someone who suffers from some form of arthritis and we’ve seen how debilitating it can be for those suffering from it. For many people living with arthritis, the thought of exercising (or being physically active) can bring on anxiety as there is a genuine concern of worsening their pain; however, in most cases, exercise and being physically active actually helps to improve their quality of life and can help joint reduce pain.
Your fitness program should be developed with consideration to cardio fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and joint mobility. If you suffer from arthritis and have no experience in a gym setting it is important that you learn the proper form and technique required for every exercise – preferably from a fitness professional instead of the Internet – to avoid causing further damage to your joints. Posture, proper form and body awareness are important for everyone participating in an exercise program but are critical for those with joint problems.