Arthritis & Exercise
September 10, 2013 | By Nadia
If you’re living with arthritis, you may feel that you’re limited in what you can do to stay active. We say, don’t let yourself get discouraged! Your swimsuit may hold the solution – many people with arthritis benefit from activities like swimming and water aerobics. The Arthritis Society has compiled a handy guide called “Physical Activity & Arthritis” (you can find it here), where they note that being in the water is beneficial “because your body weight is supported, and moving through the water adds resistance… The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it an ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.”
In addition, you have options on dry land as well; among them, poling with Urban Poling’s Activator. These poles were developed by an occupational therapist working with a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and kinesiologists. The Activator poles are designed for those recovering from injuries and for older adults who require more stability and balance when walking. Poling is a great activity to consider if you have arthritis because it is easy on the joints; specifically, the knees and hips. If you are considering taking up poling with the Activator poles, you should first discuss it with your doctor, therapist, or specialist to determine if it is right for you. Then, you can find a class near you on our website. To learn more about the Activator and to purchase, follow this link and be sure to keep us informed of your experience with the Activator!
Physical Activity and Arthritis. The Arthritis Society. http://www.arthritis.ca/document.doc?id=321
Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward. Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education