I’m new to exercise – how do I get started?

It’s never too late to start keeping yourself fit. Your body is designed to move and not doing so can harm the tissues in and around your joints.

Unloader-One-ShanghaiMany people are afraid to exercise because they believe that it damages their joints. But keeping active will help to:

  • keep your joints supple
  • reduce pain.

Do I need to see my doctor before I start exercising?
If you’re worried about starting a new exercise, your doctor can give you a check-up to make sure you’ll benefit from more activity.

If needed, your GP can refer you to a physiotherapist. They can advise you about specific exercises and may give you an exercise plan to follow.

Some GPs prescribe exercise at local sports centres. If you go to a gym or health club, tell your instructor about your condition so that they can give you an exercise plan.

How can I stay motivated?
To stay motivated, it’s important to:

  • set realistic goals (it’s normal for these goals to change as your condition changes)
  • do exercise that you enjoy
  • do it regularly.

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