How do I exercise safely with arthritis?

Description of arthritis symptoms for which you should see your doctorWhen you are physically active, it is important to listen to your body. Start slow, consider how you are feeling, and adjust your activity levels on days when your arthritis symptoms flare up. Use the talk test to see your activity level. See if you can talk through your activity; if so this is a low to moderate level activity. If you cannot hold a conversation, you are engaging in vigorous activity. If you are not sure where to start, or are looking for a little extra support, talk to your doctor or call or visit your local parks and recreation department and ask about the types of activities that fit your needs.

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1. Why is physical activity important for people with arthritis?
2. What should I know or do before I start exercising?
3. How much exercise do I need?
4. How do I exercise safely with arthritis?
5. What do I do if I have pain during or after exercise?
6. What types of activities should I do?