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Aerobic Exercise & Arthritis

Written by Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Improving general fitness can combat the fatigue associated with arthritis. Studies have also shown aerobic exercise can reduce arthritis swelling. So what type of exercise is most appropriate?

Typical aerobic activities include walking, swimming, cycling, rowing and dance or water aerobics. The best aerobic exercises for people with arthritis are those that avoid a lot of jumping and jarring movements. Low-impact sports like swimming or water aerobics, therefore, are excellent. Walking and cycling are also good low-impact activities. Some weight bearing exercise is also essential for helping protect against osteoporosis.


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