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Arthritis: Easy Exercises to Get Up & Get Moving

Arthristis-Fish

I’ve grown up fishing with my step dad and brother, and it’s something we all love to do together. Whether it’s bass fishing on my parents’ lake, tarpon fishing in the Keys, brown trout fishing in Alaska, or steelhead fishing in the St. Joe River, it gets us outside and in the fresh air. We have so many awesome memories and too many laughs to count.

My step dad was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year and it’s been a game changer. When it comes to fishing and all the other activities he loves, it’s hard to watch him struggle with the discomfort and pain of arthritis. I’ve noticed that when he’s feeling the aches and pains of this disease the very last thing he wants to do is be active and exercise, BUT the truth is exercise is beneficial for managing arthritis and overall health.

Exercising helps strengthen muscles that surround and support the joint that is experiencing the pain, and it can also increase joint range of motion, help lose extra pounds that could be adding to the stress on his body, boost morale and even improve sleep. I created a 20-minute workout for my step dad to do 3 mornings a week, and I also told him I want him walking at least 2-3 mornings a week for 30 minutes. Getting up and moving, stretching and being active is one of the best choices you can make for yourself every single day.

If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis give this a try for 30 days and see what happens!

WARM UP:

WORKOUT:

CORE & FLEXIBILITY:

Keep in mind if you just wanted to do the warm up, or just the core and flexibility that’s good too. All together this workout is about 20-25 minutes depending on the speed you move. I promise if you stay a student to the process you will see results and feel better!

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