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.
- 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.
See more at Arthritis Research UK