Gentle exercise can help your body in many ways, including reducing symptoms of arthritis by helping you control weight and improve balance, bone and muscle strength, energy and overall quality of life.

Check with your doctors first

Your rheumatologist or general doctor will know what you should avoid in an exercise program, so it's best to always check with them before beginning. You may be using light exercise to combat arthritis, but you also could have other underlying conditions you don't want to aggravate, such as high blood pressure. Ask your doctor specifically how long and how hard you should exercise to benefit you without causing strained or pulled muscles, which can set you back.

Get the right gear

A large part of exercising safely is using the right equipment properly. For most exercises, you'll need a good, well-fitting pair of running shoes. Remember, you can wear running shoes for walking as well, but finding a different pair