Arthritis is a crippling disease and many sufferers find it difficult to move about due to their stiff and painful joints. Yet most health care professionals would agree that exercise and movement is good for those joints, helping the sufferer to remain mobile and active for as long as possible. However, there are some kinds of exercise that should not be done, because of the damage that can occur to joints that are already in poor condition.
Anything that jolts the joints should be avoided. This includes such things as running or even jogging, jumping, skipping and so on. If you land heavily on your feet in doing any exercise, avoid it. If it is your elbows, wrists or shoulders that are affected, anything that puts too much strain on these parts of the body should also be avoided. Rather, gentle exercise that includes a whole range of motions is far better. It stretches and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint so more support is provided.