Try the different types of exercise below to help relieve symptoms of arthritis. Keep in mind that you may need to avoid some types of activity when joints are swollen or inflamed.
- Flexibility exercises, such as upper- and lower-body stretching and tai chi, can help keep joints moving, relieve stiffness, and give you more freedom of movement for everyday activities.
- Strengthening exercises, such as overhead arm raises, will help you maintain or add to your muscle strength to support and protect your joints.
- Endurance exercises make the heart and arteries healthier and may lessen swelling in some joints. Try activities that don’t require putting a lot of weight on your joints, such as swimming and biking.