Osteoarthritis (OA), which is a degenerative joint disease whose onset is mediated by previous joint injury or other factors. According to the Arthritis Society, more than 10 per cent of Canadian adults are affected by OA, which is the most prevalent type of arthritis. Joint damage caused by OA accounts for more than 80 per cent of hip replacement surgeries and over 90 per cent of knee replacements in Canada.

Can exercise help me to improve my special condition (arthritis)?

Research has shown that regular exercise improves the physical condition and reduces pain, anxiety and depression. And most importantly, it is the key in preventing disability and loss of independence.

Can exercise aggravate my condition?

The short answer to the above question is no. However, too little activity can increase pain and stiffness. Too much activity can strain and tire your muscles. The key is to find a balance between rest and exercise. Also, it is very important to carefully choose the exercises according to your type of arthritis and fitness level.

If you have arthritis and need help in starting an effective exercise program, Fit After 50 can help you.

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