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In the past, doctors often advised arthritis patients to rest and avoid even the most moderate exercise. Today, recommendations concerning exercise are more likely to be tailored to the individual.

Rest is still important, especially during flare-ups. But the most important factor in living a full life in spite of arthritis is that you learn to recognize and respect your own limits. If you listen to your body, stop when you tire or become a bit achy, you will likely be able to engage in regular, moderate physical activities that will, in fact, play an essential part in managing your arthritic conditions.

A 1996 report by the Surgeon General's office on Physical Activity and Health asserts that appropriate exercise decreases fatigue, strengthens bones and muscles and enhances flexibility and stamina. Chances are that your doctor will recommend a balanced approach to rest and exercise.

(Source: Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information, at www.InteliHealth.com)


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