Arthritis: Four of the best exercises to relieve stiff and painful joints

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Arthritis and similar joint conditions affect more than 10 million people in the UK, according to the NHS. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, inflamed joints and restricted movement. There’s currently no cure for the condition, but symptoms can be relieved through simple lifestyle changes, like exercising. Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis, according to Mayo Clinic, and there are four exercises in particular it recommends.

It explains: “[Exercise] increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue.

“Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming.

“Though you might think exercise will aggravate your joint pain and stiffness, that’s not the case. Lack of exercise actually can make your joints even more painful and stiff.

“That’s because keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is crucial to maintaining support for your bones. Not exercising weakens those supporting muscles, creating more stress on your joints.”

Arthritis patients should also consult their doctor first about fitting exercise into their treatment plan.

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