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The old adage of "use it, do not lose it", has been shown to be the best thing for people with mobility issues. Research in the US has shown that people who are active can improve their mobility..

When your joints are in pain the last thing you will want to do is move around. However, a large scale medical study has shown significant improvement in mobility where people bite the bullet and exercise.

The research, which looked at 1635 people who were between 70-89 years old, showed that those who engaged in moderate exercise improved their mobility by 18%. In short, people who kept moving despite their pain could reduce a 20 minute walk to the shops to around 15 minutes.

If you're not active now, there's still time to get going! Those who improved the most in the research, were those who were the least active at the beginning of the study.

Arthritis research

The study in the US repeats what experts in arthritis have been saying for years. According to Arthritis Research UK the benefits of moving around despite the pain can reverse many symptoms. It helps ease the stiffness of the joints and reduces the inflammation. Moving around also improves bone density and reduces the risk of breaking your bones in a fall.

Sitting about and giving into the pain actually makes it worse. The Arthritis Research website states that "your body is designed to move, and not doing so can be harmful to the tissues in and around the joints".

Sitting about and giving into the pain actually makes it worse. The Arthritis Research website states that "your body is designed to move, and not doing so can be harmful to the tissues in and around the joints".

There are different exercises for different forms of the disease - you should do different things for rheumatoid arthritis to what you should do for osteoarthritis.

Don't run marathons!

Old Age Running Marathon Can Be Bad For You
High impact activity can make things worse

This is not to say you should run the London Marathon to fight your arthritis! High impact activity can make things worse. The key to fending off the symptoms is gentle, regular exercise such as walking the dog or to get your newspaper in the morning. Swimming is another great activity for your joints as it allows you to exercise without putting pressure on your knees and hips.

You should also not push yourself too hard. Use your stairlift and any other mobility aids you have as and when you need it. The important thing is to not give into the pain as it will beat you otherwise!

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