How To Get Fit With Arthritis: Part 2

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Don’t let arthritis stand in your way. In this second part of How to get Fit With Arthritis you’re given a step by step exercise program that’s safe and effective to do with your arthritis symptoms. In fact, it may reduce your pain and stiffness, giving you the best quality of life you deserve.

This time sensitive exercise program lasts 10 minutes and follows all of the great tips given in part 1.

  • Low impact
  • Functional
  • Stretching
  • Short bouts of exercise movement


Exercise routine 1: (10 minutes)


Exaggerated walk in place 1 minute:



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  • Feet shoulder width apart
  •  March in place by bending one knee as high as you can followed by the other.
  •  Keep your torso tall
  •  Continue 1 minute



Standing row 10-15 repetitions

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  • Arms stretched out in front of you (holding band is optional)
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades back as arms glide along your side
  • Bring arms forward again.
  • Repeat







Side shuffle side to side: 1 minute

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  • Legs shoulder width apart
  • Bend your knees slightly.
  • Shuffle your right foot to the right
  • Left foot follows to the right.
  • Then with your left foot shuffle one step left and right foot follows.
  • Continue 1 minute






Side bend with arm raise progression: 10-15 each side

  •  Stand tall, with stomach slightly contracted.side bend courtesy of
  • Keep your tummy engaged as you slowly tip to one side.
  • Hold for two seconds as you focus on lengthening the spine.
  • Your torso turns into the letter C.
  • Advanced progression: raise both arms overhead as you bend to the side. Keep length in your torso




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  • Place a towel one foot in front of your body
  • Stand in front of it with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Tap the ball of your foot in the center of the towel
  • Tap the opposite foot on the towel
  • Continue 1 minute




Seated leg extension 10-15


  •          Sit on the edge of your couch, a chair or a bench.
  • Legs bent in a 90 degree angle
  • Sit up straight and engage your tummy muscles
  • Extend both legs straight. Keep a slight bend in the knee
  • Keep your torso straight as legs lift.
  • Option: lift one leg at a time if you feel you’re leaning back





Crunchless twist 1 minute:

  • Begin with your feet shoulder width apartfb1d4ed430d4b0e2abd234f58c8caef4
  • Hands behind your head and elbows pointed out
  • Twist your torso to the right
  • Then crunch down ad you simultaneously bend and raise your left leg
  • Your right elbow tries to reach the left knee
  • Come back to start position.
  • Do the other side
  • Repeat 1 minute





Calf stretch: 10 seconds

  •  calfPlace left leg one foot in front of right leg
  • Back foot faces forward
  •  Bend the back knee and hold
  •  Repeat on other side
  •  Do 3 times on each side




Forward fold stretch: 10 seconds

  • Legs shoulder width apart
  • Inhale as you raise your arms overheadforwardfoldwith hands
  • Exhale as you fold from the hips
  • Place your hands on your knees, hips or shins and straighten the back
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Then bend the knees and inhale your arms overhead and repeat exercise
  • Do 6 times





Towel behind body stretch: 10 seconds


  • Sit upright on the edge of a chair
  • Hold a towel above your head with your right hand
  • Place your left hand behind your back, palm faces out.
  • Grab the towel with your left hand
  • Inch both hands towards each other using the towel to increase the stretch.
  • When you cannot inch hands closer to each other hold for 10 seconds.







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  1. mangrow | October 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Good post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?

    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit
    further. Cheers!


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