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Prevent Osteoarthritis: Exercise!

Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel and look great, but what if it also could prevent the disease that affects over 20 million Americans? Osteoarthritis can be prevented or made more manageable with a balanced exercise regimen, according to a new article by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

Exercising 3-5 days a week for 30-45 minutes at a time can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. The AOSSM recommends that an exercise program designed to combat osteoarthritis include 4 components:

  • Warm-up, such as light walking
  • Stretching and flexibility, holding stretches for 20-30 seconds each
  • Cardio (aerobic activity), such as walking, water aerobics, riding a stationery bike, or using the elliptical
  • Strength training (anaerobic activity), incorporating light to moderate resistance exercises

For a full list of exercise ideas, check out the full article here!