Many people (including me) suffer from a variety of joint problems from stiffness and inflexibility to minor and major pain. If this is true for you, you may need to consult a doctor before starting an exercise program. However, if you want to gain movement in your limbs, exercise may be the best remedy.
The muscles that surround the joints actually protect the joints. Improving the joint muscles can help alleviate pain and stiffness.
Some tips from the Arthritis Foundation:
1) Before you exercise, apply heat or ice treatments to the area you will work.
2) Spend fifteen minutes warming up before you exercise.
3) Stop if you feel chest tightness or shortness of breath. Stop if you feel sick or faint.
4) If you have a muscle cramp or pain, gently rub and stretch the muscle.
5) After exercising, cool down for five minutes.
Check out other suggestions on the Arthritis Foundation website at www.arthritis.org, and get started today to improve your flexibility and decrease your pain.
Frank Thomas, Owner of Innovations Fitness