There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the best time to exercise if you suffer from arthritis, as it may vary depending on individual preferences, schedules, and symptoms. However, there are some general tips that may be helpful:
Take pain medication before exercising: If you experience pain or stiffness, taking pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs before exercising may help alleviate symptoms and make it easier to move.
Exercise during the day: Many people find that exercising during the day, when the body is naturally more limber and loose, is more effective than exercising in the morning or evening.
Avoid exercising during flare-ups: During a flare-up, the joints may be swollen and painful, making exercise more difficult and potentially exacerbating symptoms. It's best to avoid exercise during these periods and focus on rest and recovery.
Warm up before exercising: Taking a few minutes to warm up before exercising can help loosen up the joints and prevent injury. Gentle stretches, range of motion exercises, and light cardio may be helpful.
Listen to your body: Everyone's body is different, so it's important to listen to your own body and adjust your exercise routine accordingly. If a certain exercise or activity causes pain or discomfort, it's best to avoid it or modify it to reduce stress on the joints.
Overall, the best time to exercise is when you feel most comfortable and able to do so. Consistency is key, so finding a routine that works for you and sticking with it can help improve symptoms and overall health.
**Exercise for Arthritis week starts on 15th May!
You get: 5 classes over the course of the week that are designed especially for people with arthritis
Classes are LIVE and RECORDED and will be housed on my website with anytime access:
Recording available when you sign up - Pilates for Arthritis – 30 minute class
Monday 15th May 9.30am Pilates Joint Mobiliser – 30 minute class
Tuesday 16th May 9.30am Lift IIT – low impact fitness intervals – 30 minute class
Thursday 18th May 9.30am Pilates for Arthritis 2 – 30 minute class
Bonus – Mobility for Arthritis – 15 minute class
Recordings available, with unlimited access, for all classes so you don’t HAVE to join me live if it’s not convenient.
£20, reduced to £15 if you sign up by Friday 12th May at 11pm.