Itís not easy. But, you can be active even with arthritis in your knees.
Here are some ideas:
- Get your arthritis treated
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Treatment varies depending on the type. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options. It may be a good idea to see a specialist, such as a rheumatologist or orthopedist. If treatment can reduce your pain and stiffness, you may be able to resume exercise.
- Choose activities that donít stress your knees
Swimming, for example, is often well-tolerated by people with knee arthritis. For some with knee trouble, biking or working out on an elliptical trainer may be good choices. Raking leaves or gardening can be good sources of activity without putting increased stress on the knees.
- See a personal trainer or physical therapist with experience helping people with arthritis
He or she can help you design an exercise program you can tolerate.
- Use a brace or other aid
Knee pain, stiffness or instability can limit your ability to exercise. But a knee brace, cane or other assistive device can make it easier to be active.
Of course, when it comes to weight loss -- and avoiding weight gain -- there are two sides to the equation. Getting more active will address the ďcalories burnedĒ side of the equation. Limiting how many calories you take in is also important. For example, controlling portion sizes can help you lower how many calories you take in. A nutritionist can look at your current diet and make suggestions to help you maintain a healthy weight.
I commend your interest in remaining active despite having arthritis. While itís a challenge, itís definitely not impossible. Check out the Arthritis Foundationís exercise programs for other suggestions.