Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including children, the NHS said.
Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, restricted movement, and warm, red skin over the affected joints.
There’s currently no cure for the condition, but some lifestyle changes could help to slow the condition’s progress, and relieve painful symptoms.
The best exercise for arthritis patients include bowls and Pilates, according to medical website Patient.info.
Patient.info’s Clinical Director, Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “Regular exercise is so important for our health.
“It can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your cholesterol profile, as well as helping to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even cancer; not to mention the positive effects on our mental health.”
But, if you’re suffering from a chronic health condition, like arthritis, it can be difficult to know which sport or exercise is best.
Arthritis Care’s Wendy Davies added: “Those with arthritis can benefit from a combination of gentle stretching, strengthening and aerobic exercise – this includes yoga and Pilates, or even a sport such as bowls or pétanque.
“Other low-impact activities, such as doing the housework or some gardening, can also count as aerobic exercise.”
Being active can help to reduce and prevent joint pain, according to the NHS.
Regular exercise improves your range of movement, increases muscle strength and reduces stiffness.
As long as you do the right type and level of exercise for your condition, your arthritis won’t get any worse, it added.
There’s no sure way to prevent arthritis, but you can lower your risk by making some lifestyle changes.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to prevent the condition, said the Arthritis Foundation.
Cutting back on alcohol and sugar lowers your risk of gout, while maintaining a healthy weight could prevent osteoarthritis.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.