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Why Can't You Get Your Loved One with Arthritis to Exercise More?

By Mike Jackson


It can be frustrating when you've done all sorts of research about arthritis and helping your loved one manage it to find that she's not willing to do some of what you suggest. One of the best things your loved one can do, for example, is to start exercising regularly but she might be afraid to do so.

She's Genuinely Experiencing More Pain

Your loved one could be genuinely experiencing a greater amount of pain when she moves more often. That can be enough to keep anyone from exercising. What can make a difference is learning what it is exactly that's causing that additional pain for your loved one so that you can find ways around it.

She's Afraid There Will Be More Pain

Whether your loved one is experiencing pain when she exercises or not, the fear of potential pain can be just as motivating. If your loved one is worried that she's going to cause herself some pain, she may be feeling very disinclined to move more often. What can help with this problem is helping your loved one do very light exercises that don't cause her pain. Then you can gradually ramp up.

She Doesn't Know What Exercises to Do

If your loved one doesn't know what exercises she can do, she may feel extremely limited in any of the activity that she should be doing safely. One of the best things that you can do is to talk to your loved one's doctor and make sure that it's okay for her to be exercising. Then, you can start a list of recommended activities from her doctor that she can start trying.

Consider Physical Therapy to Help

Working with a physical therapist can give your loved one the reassurance that she needs that the movements she's doing aren't going to cause her more pain or damage to her joints. Your loved one's doctor might be able to recommend physical therapy for a set amount of time to get your loved one moving regularly.

If other people, such as elder care providers, help your loved one during the day, let them know how they can help your loved one to move more during the day.

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