Arthritis is a common condition that can affect people of all ages, according to the NHS.
Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, inflammation, restricted movement, and having warm patches of skin over the affected joints.
Regular exercise is vital for arthritis patients, although it may feel uncomfortable.
One of the best times for a patient to get active is during a flare-up.
“Some people with certain forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, experience what is known as a flare-up,” said Arthritis Care.
“This is when inflammation is suddenly more active and pain, swelling and stiffness get worse. Flare-ups can last from a couple of days to a few weeks.
“It is important to keep doing gentle exercises during a flare-up of arthritis, especially range of movement exercises.
“However, cut down on the rest of the routine and cut out the more strenuous exercise. You can also do very gentle muscle-strengthening exercises.”
Maintaining a good posture while exercising puts less strain on the body, Arthritis Care said.
Everyone should do range of movement exercises, as they help to maintain flexibility and are important for good posture.
The exercises can be when you’re experiencing a flare up of symptoms, and they should be done twice a day, every single day.
If you have any sharp pain while doing a particular exercise, you should stop doing it immediately, and not do it again until you see a doctor or physiotherapist.
Regular exercise can boost your muscle strength, reduce joint stiffness and improve your stamina, the NHS said.
As longs you stick to doing the right type of exercise, it won’t make your symptoms any worse.
You should also try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
See a GP if you’re concerned about the right type and level of exercise for you.