Good Moves February 2003 Issue

Why Exercise Matters

‘Use it or lose it’ is more than a fitness buff’s mantra. Physical activity is key to your arsenal in battling arthritis.

Twenty years ago, doctors advised arthritis patients to rest and avoid exercise. Rest is still important, especially during flares. But avoiding physical activity altogether, according to orthopaedic experts at the Cleveland Clinic, can lead to significant muscle loss and excessive weight gain. As part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan, exercise can improve joint mobility, increase muscle strength, strengthen bones and ligaments, help you maintain a healthy weight, help you perform daily tasks more easily…

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