Good Housekeeping Quotes Dr. Mandelbaum: Have Joint Pain? Try These 6 Exercises to Stay in Shape

Living with joint pain can make even the simplest tasks a challenge. But whether your pain is from rheumatoid arthritis or another health condition, you’ve probably learned by now that workarounds and modifications are the best way to get things done. The same goes for exercise.

It’s easy to assume that taking a pass on physical activity will make your joints feel better, but doctors say the opposite is true. “You have to keep moving,” says sports medicine specialist Bert Mandelbaum, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. “Motion is lotion for your joints.” Meaning the more your joints move, the more synovial fluid they produce. They need this natural lubrication to be healthy and functional (and ultimately, to cause you less pain).

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