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Exercise and arthritis

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I'm new to exercise – how do I get started?

Try the following tips:
  • set realistic goals
  • do something you enjoy
  • do it regularly.

If you’re worried about exercising, speak to your doctor. They can recommend suitable activities or refer you to a physiotherapist if needed.

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Why is exercise important?

Everyone can benefit from exercise. It can help you to:

  • strengthen your muscles
  • improve your fitness
  • lose weight if you need to
  • increase your self-confidence.
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How much exercise should I do and how often?

Little and often is the best approach to exercise.

We should all aim for 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, but if you’ve finished exercising and an hour later you’re still aching or feel more sore than when you started, you may have overdone it a bit.

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What sort of exercise is important?

You should aim for a combination of:

  • stretching exercises
  • strengthening exercises
  • fitness exercises.
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What shoes should I wear when I'm exercising?

What you wear on your feet is important. Trainers are usually the best for exercising.

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Our pledge to raise awareness of physical activity

As part of the Department of Health's Responsibility Deal, we've pledged to raise awareness of the physical activity guidelines set out by the UK Chief Medical Officers.

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