Exercise has been proven to slow down the progression of osteo-arthritis through strengthening up the muscles that surround irritated joints. The stronger and looser the muscles are that surround an arthritic joint, the more stabile and less painful that joint will be.
The more you can exercise, the stronger your muscles will get, and the more weight you will loose. This will allow you to move easier and will take stress off of your irritated and arthritic joints.
It is a matter of finding the right exercises to do. If you have foot, ankle, knee, hip or low back arthritis, then the pounding from jogging and running will be too much on your joints. It will flair up your pain and symptoms. Low impact exercise is the way to go: stationary bike, outdoor bike, elliptical machine, stair master, swimming, rowing. These are all examples of low impact cardio-vascular exercise.
The Pain Free Lifestyle program takes you step by step through the process of getting into shape. It will lead you into a healthier, less painful and more active lifestyle.
Here is a slide show that demonstrates some stretches and exercises that are easy on your body, low impact, and will not flair up your arthritis.