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A common fear for people with arthritis is that physical activity will further exacerbate their joint problems; however, in the long-run exercise will most often help with joint pain and weakness. It is actually inactivity that will accelerate problems by increasing your risk of health issues and the risk of osteoporosis (decreased bone density and increased susceptibility to fractures).

Your fitness program should be developed with consideration to cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance and joint mobility. Keep in mind that exercise (when done properly) seldom negatively impacts one’s health; however, you should still always speak with your doctor before beginning a new workout program.

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