Health Tips: Arthritis?

Those of us who played high school sports remember our coaches giving us one iconic and sometimes ill-advised piece of medical advice: “Just walk it off.” It’s common (and understandable) for people dealing with osteoarthritis to avoid exercise—it hurts, after all. But, according to Harvard Medical School, exercise programs help arthritis sufferers increase range of motion in arthritic joints, strengthen muscles, build endurance, and improve balance. “If exercise was a newly developed medicine, it would be a blockbuster,” says Robert H. Shmerling, MD. “It has an excellent safety profile, and enormous benefits for people with arthritis, heart disease, and a long and growing list of other health problems.”