Sore knees and hips? Stiff as board when you get up in the morning? Gentle aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to improve flexibility, ease those aches and improve joint function. Swimming and cycling are particularly beneficial and least traumatic if weight-bearing joints are the problem.
Even the pain and debility that accompany osteoarthritis need not prevent some increase in physical activity, indeed it can help, but take medical advice to establish exactly what kind and how much exercise you should be do.
What if you’re not ‘sporty’? Well, moderate, aerobic activity, as we’ve discussed, has absolutely nothing to do with hammering around a hockey pitch on a wet and windy Saturday morning.
Written by Dr. Noel Duncan