Stretching and exercising are one of the best keys to increasing your mobility, building up stamina, and preventing diseases. We have found some invaluable exercises that can become part of your daily routine.
- Water Aerobics and Swimming: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water-based exercise improves the health of those with rheumatoid arthritis, improves the use of affected joints, and decreases pain from osteoarthritis.
- Contact your local swimming pool for possible water aerobics classes and other water based events.
- Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are great for arm stretching and can be attached to door knobs and then pulled ( by the individual) and slowly let back out.
- Seated Row: Sit at the edge of your chair and hold your arms out front with your elbows bent. Draw your elbows back and squeeze your shoulder blades together.
- Inner Thigh Squeeze: Put a workout ball between your knees and then squeeze the ball with your knees and hold it for 1-3 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10-15 times, or whatever repetition number feels comfortable for you
- Nerve Glides: Nerve glides help with carpal tunnel syndrome and releases the pressure that the median nerve causes. Start with your left arm extended out to the left side (with your palm facing upwards) and your head turned, facing to the right. Then, turn your head to the left and bring your left arm ( with palm facing upwards) back to your head. Repeat this stretch with your other arm.
- Chair Workouts: Beneficial chair workouts include: weight lifting, leg lifts, using an exercise ball for hand squeezes, shoulder rolls, and more. Chair workouts ( and the other exercises mentioned earlier) have been shown to improve flexibility, balance, blood circulation, and etc.