Swimming 'ideal' for arthritis sufferers

Posted on 13 October 2011

Swimming is an "ideal" activity for people with arthritis, a nutritionist has underlined, indicating that many of those paying for care should take it up.

Jane Griffin, of the Joint Ageing Information Service Panel, said that it is important that people with arthritis keep their joints as mobile as they possibly can.

Swimming helps the joints to move without putting any weight on them, meaning it is a great option for arthritis sufferers.

However, she added that weight bearing activities are also important as they help to prevent further deterioration.

This exercise does not have to be strenuous, it could just mean walking a bit more.

"Get up out of the chair and change the channel on the TV instead of sitting there all night or get up to go to the kitchen to make a hot drink; move as much as you can. Don't lose what movement you have got," said Ms Griffin.

Losing weight is another way to improve osteoarthritis, and exercise is great for this.

A large percentage of the population have got weight issues, she explained, and for those with arthritis in their hips, knees and ankles, this adds an extra burden.

"Osteoarthritis is the one that people can do more about. Once people start getting problems with their joints they can do things dietary wise, they can keep themselves moving that much more, keep those joints warm - all those sorts of things," she explained.

Oily fish is a great dietary choice for people with arthritis, according to Ms Griffin, due to the omega-3 fatty acids that are present.

She explained that eating three portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily, is the standard recommendation.

However, for those who do not like eating oily fish, supplements can provide an option that is easier to stomach.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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