Martial arts and arthritis [Video]

April 4, 2016

[shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="25449586"] An elderly woman rubs her hands in pain from arthritis in her fingers.

Arthritis can limit your mobility, but it certainly doesn’t have to put a stop to your physical activity. The right low-impact workouts not only prevent pain associated with the condition, but also improve your quality of life. But what fitness routine is best?

A study published in The Journal of Rheumatology found that tai chi is a safe and effective exercise for people with arthritis. This martial art consists of slow, fluid motions. You’ll move carefully between a series of stances, creating a routine that’s easy on your joints.

Not only is tai chi great for joint health, but it also can improve mental wellness and balance. There are many types of tai chi, so look for one that complements your needs.