Exercise: Another option for arthritis pain

senior man biking Severe pain, aching, stiffness and swollen joints — telltale signs of arthritis — afflict 1 in 4 Americans, and it’s a growing health threat, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia. People suffering from arthritis are often unable to perform common activities without pain, such as carrying bags, walking to the mailbox, bending down or holding a cup.

While many take opioid medications for their arthritis pain, the CDC says other options are safer. Staying at a healthy weight and being physically active can help reduce pain and improve function. The following joint-friendly activities are recommended:

  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tai chi or yoga
  • Walking

If you’ve been suffering from arthritis, don’t give up hope. Talk to your provider about joining a class to help you cope with your condition and starting an exercise routine.