“Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that affects the body's joints and connective tissues. Exercise is a relatively easy way to help control its symptoms. The University of Virginia Health System lists the benefits of exercise for people with rheumatic disease:
· Keeps joints from feeling and acting stiff.
· Strengthens muscles surrounding the joints.
· Improves joint flexibility and alignment.
· Reduces joint pain and swelling.
· Strengthens bone and cartilage tissue.
· Makes you more physically fit overall.”