ROCHESTER, Minn., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Arthritis is no reason to stop exercising because without physical activity joints become less mobile and muscles shrink, a U.S. newsletter says.
Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource says achy joints should not put the kibosh on exercise and they warn in a statement "it hurts more when you stop."
They explain a person avoiding exercise will come to suffer less mobile joints because the surrounding muscles shrink, causing increased fatigue and pain.
The newsletter suggests those with joint pain consult a physical therapist or personal trainer for help in tailoring exercise programs to health conditions and fitness levels. The key is to choose safe, appropriate activities and begin slowly.
The Mayo Clinic newsletter experts advise consulting with a physician before starting an exercise regimen.
Some high-impact activities can make arthritis pain worse.
Exercise should be stopped when it increases pain or swelling or causes joint popping, locking or giving way," the newsletter says. "Immediately stop exercising if there is abdominal, groin or chest pain or moderate-to-intense shortness of breath."