Is exercise safe for me if I have Osteoarthritis?
Yes it is! And in fact it is actually helpful in preventing further functional declines and managing osteoarthritis. Moderate physical activity can reduce pain and improve function. Improved stability, gait and postural control that comes with exercise training will also decrease the risk of falls for those with osteoporosis. Many people with osteoporosis are worried that exercise will increase joint pain, however this is not the case. The increased strength around a joint from exercise training will help take some stress off of the joint. However, it is important to avoid high-intensity and high impact exercises. A trained exercise professional such as a Kinesiologist or CEP (Exercise Physiologist) can design a fitness program that is safe for those with osteoarthritis, since it is important to begin and and progress both slowly and appropriately.