Balance Your Exercise Approach to Build Bone, Reduce Pain

Some exercises reduce arthritis pain, others build bone strength-and some can be adapted to deliver both benefits.

Change is a part of life, and this is particularly true for the types of exercises that are best for you as you age. Exercises that have strengthened your bones for decades may now cause pain in the very joints that are critical to the movements that are needed to keep both your bones and joints healthy. "Your joints are designed to hold their own against a certain amount of force," says Heather Nettle, MA, coordinator of Exercise Physiology Services at Cleveland Clinics Department of Sports Health and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. "If you get to a point where you force your joints to work beyond that, youre going to experience some wear and tear."
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