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What are the benefits of using exercise machines if I have arthritis?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
An elliptical machine is ideal for people with arthritis, because it is weight-bearing, but without the impact of jogging or walking. You can comfortably use it in rain, sleet, snow, or excessive heat because it is kept indoors. People tend to stick with activities that they enjoy and that are weather-independent. You can use it in front of a television, while reading a book, or listening to music, which will make it more likely that you will stick with it. Other machines fit these criteria, including stationary bicycles and treadmills (although treadmills are high-impact and can overstress the joints). If you use a stationary bicycle, adjust the pedals so that you don't bring your knees to more than 90 degrees of flexion.
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