Swimming is a great choice for people with joint pain or arthritis. Swimming works the whole body but doesn’t involve puts less weight through your joints – so it’s a great way to work your muscles without putting strain on your joints if they’re painful.3
Walking is an accessible exercise that can help to improve your lung and heart health, as well as benefiting your bones, joints and muscles.3 Because walking is low-impact, it means there is less stress on weight-bearing joints, like your hips, knees and feet.4
Cycling is a good exercise to work your lower body and is low impact so shouldn’t cause more pain to your joints!3
Yoga includes posture and breathing exercises that can help with your general fitness and range of movement. The Arthritis Foundation says that people with various types of arthritis who practice yoga regularly can reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function, and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep.5
Chair-based exercises can be a great starting point if you’re experiencing pain in your legs. Versus Arthritis recommends3:
- Choosing a chair the right height so you can sit with your knees bent at a right angle and your feet flat on the floor.
- Avoid a chair with arms
- Choose a stable chair without wheels
The NHS has some great recommended seated exercises here
Although when you are in pain exercise may be the last thing on your mind, it can help to reduce and prevent pain6 so is important you take part if you feel you are able to!