You don't need to join a gym or buy special equipment to exercise. The simplest exercises are often the best.
You should try to do three main types of exercise:
- Stretching exercises help ease aches and pains and get the best movement from your joints.
- Strengthening exercises help our muscles to support our joints and keep them in the right position when we move. If muscles are weak, the joints can become unstable and this can be painful.
- Fitness exercises help us to keep our hearts healthy. This type of exercise can be as simple as walking a bit further or faster than normal.
You can find some stretching and strengthening exercises at the end of our Keep moving booklet (PDF 3.7 MB)
Some people find that doing exercise in a group gives them extra motivation to keep going. It can also be a good way to meet people with the same interests.
Stretching exercises are designed to make sure your joints are stretched as far as they safely and comfortably can be. Read more
Strengthening exercises usually involve moving your muscles against some resistance. They should be done slowly. Start with a low number of repetitions and build up the number gradually. Read more
General fitness exercises
Swimming, walking and cycling are generally regarded as some of the best forms exercises for people with arthritis. Read more