Happy Father’s Day!
Many fathers will celebrate Sunday, June 19th with an activity such as golf, fishing, or camping. Others may choose to celebrate with their families or simply enjoy a day of relaxation. However the men in your life choose to spend the day, sore or stiff joints from osteoarthritis (OA) should not keep them from their favorite activities.
There is a common myth that being active could make joint pain worse, but the opposite is true! Surprisingly, doing simple exercises to keep the body moving can help reduce pain and stiffness from OA. In honor of Father’s Day this year, share the following information with the men in your life to encourage them to stay active with OA.
Low-impact activities can keep you moving and help build strength. Whatever you choose, start with just 10-15 minutes or less and build up your endurance over time. Try to exercise at least three times a week and as you get stronger, aim to exercise at least five days a week. Examples of joint-friendly activities include:
- Walking – Did you know that people who walk with a friend – human or furry – actually spend more time walking than those who go it alone?
- Water Exercise – Water aerobics or swimming can help build strength while relieving joint pain.
- Yoga – Build strength, improve flexibility, increase blood flow, and calm your mind with a gentle yoga session.
- Stretching and Strength Training – Regular stretching and strengthening will help improve your range of motion and strengthen your muscles.
to learn about treatment and lifestyle changes that can help you or your father get moving on a path to less joint pain!
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.