Exercise and Osteoarthritis: Building Strength Safely
Exercise is vital for managing knee osteoarthritis, but it's important to do it safely to avoid exacerbating the condition.
Safe Exercise Guidelines:
- Strength Training: Exercises like leg presses and partial squats strengthen the muscles around the knee, providing better support.
- Flexibility Workouts: Yoga and stretching exercises improve joint flexibility, reducing stiffness and pain.
- Aerobic Exercises: Activities like walking or using an elliptical machine enhance cardiovascular health without putting too much strain on the knees.
- Balance Exercises: Tai chi and similar practices improve balance and joint function, reducing the risk of falls.
Engaging in these types of exercises, ideally under the guidance of a physical therapist or a fitness expert, can help manage knee osteoarthritis effectively while improving overall joint health.
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