Keeping Active with Arthritis

From the San Antonio Express News, some great suggestions to help keep seniors active while living with arthritis.

Before exercising, try putting a heating pad on the painful joint for several minutes to loosen it up. And consider taking an anti-inflammatory like naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil) or a pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) before or after a workout.

[Licenced trainer Warren] Young recommends exercises that build the muscles surrounding the joint, so they can provide more support. For arthritis of the knee, he suggests things like straight leg raises (lie on your back and raise your leg 6 to 12 inches off the ground), step-ups (step up and down a single stair) and calf raises (stand upright and raise yourself up until you’re standing on your toes)

Aging comes with a plethora of conditions that are tough on the body, but the above link has great suggestions for keeping active with many of the more common and debilitating ones.

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