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The Dos and Don'ts of Exercising with Arthritis

Reporter K. Aleisha Fetters features tips on how to exercise if you have arthritis in an article for Silver Sneakers

According to a 2016 study in Arthritis Care and Research, participating in just 45 minutes of exercise each week (one-third of the national exercise guideline) helps physical function in people with osteoarthritis. 

"People often limit themselves based on an arthritis diagnosis and that's a mistake," says William Behrns, PT, DPT, OCS, physical therapist at HSS. "The most important thing is to stay active as best as you can."

Behrns explains the importance of having a workout routine that includes cardiovascular, strengthening and mobility exercises.

If you're not used to exercising, Behrns recommends to "start with less-intense activity and gradually progress based on how you feel".

Be mindful that any joint discomfort felt during or post-exercise is an indication that you may need to decrease the impact, intensity or duration of a given workout.

Read the full article at SilverSneakers.com.