Arthritis is a common condition that affects about 10 million people in the UK.
It can affect people of all ages, including young children, according to the NHS.
Making small lifestyle changes could help to get rid of arthritis pain, including diet or exercise swaps.
Doing just two minutes of exercise a day may be enough to relieve some signs of osteoarthritis, revealed Dr Benjamin Ellis, on ITV’s This Morning.
Exercise is good for osteoarthritis, as well as for fibromyalgia
Exercise is a great way to relieve osteoarthritis pain – the spot common type of arthritis in the UK, said Dr Ellis.
The key is doing small portions of exercise often, he said. That could include just two minutes of exercise a day.
“Exercise is good for osteoarthritis, as well as for fibromyalgia.
“The key is doing a small amount often, and listening to your body.
“With some of my patients, I’ll say start with two minutes as day.”
One of his patients started at just one minute of activity a day. After six months, she was up to seven minutes.
The exercise regime had “a huge impact on her life”, the doctor claimed.
Arthritis patients may not feel like exercising if their symptoms are particularly painful, said the NHS.
But, regular activity can help to reduce and prevent pain, as well as improve patients’ range of movement and joint mobility.
It could also reduce stiffness, while also boosting their energy and stamina, it added.
Your arthritis symptoms won’t get any worse as long as you do the right type of exercise for your symptoms.
Hand exercises for arthritis
Swimming, cycling and walking are great choices of exercise for arthritis patients, according to the Mayo Clinic.
They’re all low-impact aerobic exercises that are less strenuous on the joints, it said.
Try to work up to around 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week.
Patients could always split that time into 10-minute blocks if it’s easier on your joints, it added.
Around eight million people in the UK have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.