Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including young children.
The condition is often caused by a gradual wearing down of the smooth cartilage that lines the joints.
You could relieve signs of arthritis by keeping active, according to the NHS.
Swimming is one of the best exercises for arthritis patients, it’s been revealed.
It helps to work all of the muscles in the body, while not putting extra pressure on joints, said the Arthritis Foundation.
Joints are supported while underwater, it said. That makes it a great choice for arthritis patients.
Swimming could also enhance cardiovascular function, while improving posture.
Patients considering swimming should start slowly, and build-up to further distances and higher intensities, the foundation added.
“Swimming is a wonderful zero-impact sport for people with arthritis,” said the Arthritis Foundation.
“It works all your muscle groups and builds cardiovascular endurance.
“It also stretches and lengthens your body, improving your posture.
“Water can have a gentle, soothing effect on the body.
“Swimming laps can be very meditative; there is no pounding music, no clanging weights – it’s just you and the water.”
Each swimming stroke uses different muscles and joints, so it’s important to find the stroke for you.
Using kickboards or pull buoys can help patients to modify their strokes to suit their joints.
Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis, said the NHS.
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, inflammation, restricted movement, and joint stiffness.
Making some small diet changes could help to alleviate arthritis joint pain.
If you’re overweight, losing weight may help to reduce some of the pain.
Too much weight puts extra pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, ankles and feet.