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Exercises Can Ease Arthritis Pain

With exercise, you strengthen muscles, reduce stiffness, improve flexibility,  and boost your mood and self-esteem.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Michael Smith

If you've got aching joints and arthritis, exercise can help. It may be hard to believe, but experts agree - moving your joints helps relieve joint pain.

"When you exercise, you strengthen the muscles around the joints, which helps take stress off joints," says Richard Weil, MEd, CDE, WebMD's fitness expert. "It also reduces joint stiffness and builds flexibility and endurance." Exercise can improve your mood and self-esteem. It helps you sleep better, keeps weight under control, and gives you more energy.

There's also a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from exercise. After all, pushing yourself to exercise - when your body hurts - isn't easy. In addition to arthritis pain relief, exercise can offset other health problems, like osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease.

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