Workouts to Ward Off OA Pain

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It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're hurting, but exercise can keep your joints moving smoother and your osteoarthritis pain at bay. Maintain your flexibility and range of motion. Tai Chi or gentle forms of yoga won't just keep you limber, they relax your body and your mind.

Once you're loose, raise that heart rate with some low impact exercise like walking, swimming, or biking. Work up to 30 minutes a day. It'll keep your joints moving too. Strong muscles can help support your weakened joints. Use light free weights or weight machines two to three times a week to keep your joints and your bones strong.

Just take a day of rest between working muscle groups. Talk to your doctor before getting started. Work into new exercise a little bit at a time, and listen to your body. Stay flexible, stay moving, and stay strong when you live with osteoarthritis.