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.It is indisputable that exercise is crucial when living with arthritis. However, when you’re in pain it can be difficult to know how to exercise and whether you should at all. Moderate exercise can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis and even improve mobility and functionality, but you do still need to exercise caution.

Muscle soreness, at a bearable level, is common after a workout session. However, any sharp or sudden pains can indicate injury. Fear of getting hurt or injured stops many people exercising but not staying mobile and active can make arthritis symptoms more painful and difficult to live with. Below is a closer look at how to gauge your pain when working out with arthritis.

Pain before Working out With Arthritis

Some mild pain or discomfort may be something you are used to on a daily basis. Often it will reduce as you actually start moving. Once moderate to severe pain hits a particular joint or area then try working on different joints for a couple of days until the pain settles. If your lower body is particularly painful, focus on the upper body for example.

Pain during Working out with Arthritis

Most people living with arthritis are fine working out with mild pain. However, if any exercise causes a lot of pain then stopping is essential. It may be a sign that  a joint is particularly inflamed or more treatment is necessary.

Pain after Working out with Arthritis

If you always finish your workouts and are in considerable joint pain then you may have to reassess your exercise. Find a workout which puts less pressure on the joints. Alternatively, consider low impact activities such as swimming or water aerobics.

If you find you are in pain in the days following a workout then look at dropping the intensity. Long lasting pain can be a sign you have pushed yourself too hard or too far. Step things down a little and spend time working out your limits so you can avoid unnecessary pain.

Working out with arthritis is something everyone should consider.  The benefits it brings far outweigh the drawbacks and with support from your rheumatologist you can find the right exercise for your needs.