Arthritis is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of medical conditions that plague joints and the surrounding tissue. According to Arthritis Australia, this condition affects 3.85 million Aussies, both young and old.
As a senior living with arthritis, it is important to keep your fitness and health levels up and exercise regularly to relieve the pain and stiffness of joints that arthritis can bring.
Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure. But the good news is, there are plenty of exercises you can engage in as a senior in active retirement. You'll find that with a routine, arthritis can be manageable to reduce the impact it has on your quality of life.
Arthritis symptoms usually include stiffness, inflammation or tenderness, which can restrict the movement of your joints. By engaging in an activity that keeps your body moving, you reduce the pain that can accompany these symptoms. That's why walking is a great option for those with arthritis in their hips or knees.
If you experience symptoms in your elbows or hands, try swinging your arms or flexing your fingers as you walk. Strengthening your weak muscles is key to reducing symptoms.
Harvard Medical School explains that unused muscles can lose 3 per cent of its function each day, and over a week, can incur a 30 per cent loss.
Perhaps invest in a walking stick to help you. Gather a few friends from your community village and trek out to the Stockland Glendale Shopping Centre at Sugar Valley for a day trip.
Yoga is all about slow movements and increasing your flexibility. You are never too old to try something new!
There are plenty of yoga poses that are suitable for beginners, whether flexible or not. If you maintain an active lifestyle, you should have no problem with a lot of these poses. They can be as simple as stretching to your toes. Yoga also helps to align your posture, therefore helping with both arthritic and healthy joints.
If standing for long periods of time is difficult for you, try a water-based exercise. Swimming is great because it reduces the strain on your musculoskeletal system as the water helps you support your weight. Also, the warmer temperature pools can help to reduce stiffness.
If your swimming abilities are limited, try aqua aerobics instead. It is a great exercise alternative for those with arthritis as it is gentler on your sore muscles.
Choose your sport
The Sugar Valley Lifestyle Estate has swimming centres within close range. Over in Sydney, Camden Central offers a fully equipped gym, and a town within walking distance. You can still enjoy an active life by managing your arthritis with our exercise facilities.