(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that affects the body's joints and connective tissues. Exercise is a relatively easy way to help control its symptoms.
The University of Virginia Health System lists the benefits of exercise for people with rheumatic disease:
- Keeps joints from feeling and acting stiff.
- Strengthens muscles surrounding the joints.
- Improves joint flexibility and alignment.
- Reduces joint pain and swelling.
- Strengthens bone and cartilage tissue.
- Makes you more physically fit overall.
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