The Best Exercise Equipment for Arthritis

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The best exercise equipment for arthritis is free motion pieces with cables, which allow the user to move the body and increase blood flow to the area without straining the body too much. Exercise through the pain when arthritis is a factor with advice from a personal trainer in this free video on exercise and fitness.

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In this clip, we're going to go over the best exercise equipment for people with arthritis. The most important thing for anybody with arthritis to understand is that, while yes doing a little exercise might create a little discomfort, it's going to do a lot more better for you than sitting around and just waisting away. Because that's essentially what's going to happen if you're just sitting because you're in some pain. What we want to go over are some exercises with a little resistance to create some blood flow and it's going to make you feel a whole lot better and keep you moving. So the best equipment for that is what's referred to as a free motion piece with some cables. It's going to allow you to get some movements in that'll mimic what you're doing in your daily routine. And it should feel nice and comfortable, nice and easy for you. And we're going to demonstrate a couple of those for you now. In this exercise you're going to want to stand with your head up, head up tall, your chest up, your shoulders back. And what we're going to do is a squat with a bicep curl. You're going to squat down with your arms straight down by your side. As you stand up, you're going to curl it right up by your side. Getting your biceps working. You're going to keep your core nice and tight and you're getting your legs going. So in this exercise you're getting blood flowing to all your muscles. And it's going to make you feel a whole lot better without arthritis and get you moving a little bit more. In this exercise, we're going to be focusing on your posture. You're going to want to stand with your feet together. Slight bend in your knees. Make sure you're abs are engaged. Keep the shoulders down and back. And you're just going to pull from those elbows, getting that upper back nice and strong. Coming on back with it. Exhale as you pull it back. Inhale as you extend it forward. We'll get a couple of reps in now. Create some blood flow in that upper back. Try to improve that posture. Make you stand a little bit taller. To conclude this segment with the arthritis, what you want to focus on is getting some resistance training in, creating some blood flow and getting those bones moving around a little bit. Not just sitting down and getting tight. Hope this helps you out.

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