Low Impact Exercises for Managing Osteoarthritis
Yoga originated in India as a path to spiritual enlightenment. It involves a series of structured poses practised with breath control. For people with osteoarthritis, yoga can help improve mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance. In the long-term, yoga can improve your posture and prevent back pain.
Tai Chi began as a Chinese martial art designed to harness the energy of nature. Through flowing movements and poses, Tai Chi can help improve balance, poor posture and relieve joint stiffness. It’s also clinically proven to provide sustained improvements in symptoms for people with knee or hip osteoarthritis.
Pilates is a 20th century form of exercise that focuses on physical fitness. It challenges the body to work against resistance, which can be created by your own body weight or by using special equipment. For people with osteoarthritis, Pilates can help improve flexibility, muscle strength, muscular control of the back and limbs, and balance.
Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.