manchester,nh

Q:

How can I do more exercises and feel better about myself? I have arthritis and other health problems, and I am also a borderline diabetic. Can you please help me out with some suggestions?

Amy Campbell

A:

It’s great that you want to be more active. Physical activity is so important when you have arthritis, as it can reduce pain and increase flexibility and strength. Also, physical activity is a key part of managing weight and blood glucose levels. Major studies show that healthy eating, weight loss and regular physical activity can actually prevent type 2 diabetes. Given that you have other health issues in addition to arthritis, it would be very helpful if you met with a physical therapist or an exercise physiologist to learn what is safe for you to do in terms of exercise, and also, how to exercise properly so that you don’t injure yourself. Your doctor can give you a referral. Also, think about what you might like to try for exercise. Many people with arthritis find that water exercises, such as swimming or water aerobics, can be beneficial for helping to prevent joint pain and increase flexibility. Look into exercise facilities near you and see if they offer a water exercise program. You might also look into gentler forms of exercise, such as tai chi or some types of dancing. Non-weight- bearing exercises can be a good choice: using an exercise bike, a rowing machine or even doing exercises sitting in an arm chair can be beneficial. So, consider meeting with a physical therapist or exercise physiologist who can work with you to find an exercise program that’s right for you.

July 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm