21st Jan 2021

What is the best exercise to do with arthritis?

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Discover some of the best exercise to do with Arthritis

What is the best exercise to do it I have arthritis?

For exercise to be sustainable and enjoyable, you should pick and choose exercise which you enjoy and feel-good doing.

Low impact exercise is often recommended as it places less stress on your joints and can help increase your confidence. You can also increase the intensity gradually as you become fitter and more confident so that you can continue to push yourself.

How should I exercise?

Before you exercise a warm-up is a good idea to help prepare your body. This should get your heart rate up, increase blood flow and get you ready mentally.

 To gradually increase the intensity of exercise you can consider the:

  • Frequency – how often you do it
  • Duration – the length of each session
  • Intensity – how hard you try

After you exercise, it is a good idea to do a cool down to help reduce stiffness and cramps from occurring. You should also refuel your body and ensure you stay hydrated.

Types of fitness exercise

There is a huge range of activity types to get involved in meaning you are sure to find some that you enjoy! Exercise does not only have to be a sport or gym workout, activities such as walking are perfect for getting you up, out and exercising.

See some activity examples below:

  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Stretching
  • Walking

Where can I find specific Arthritis guidance?

Versus Arthritis is the leading charity tacking Arthritis and have a wide range of resources to help you get active and manage your condition.

Visit Versus Arthritis’s website for more information here


Being active is about finding out what works for you. We can help you find loads of great activities to choose from, however fit (or unfit) you think you feel.

In partnership with:

Versus Arthritis