Arthritis Today

Marching in Place

PRECAUTION: If you have had recent joint surgery, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall or counter) while doing this exercise.

  • Stand, holding onto a supportive railing or the back of a chair or bench.
  • Hold on with both hands if you feel unsteady.
  • Alternate lifting knees up and down as if marching in place.
  • March in place for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Gradually try to lift knees higher and/or march faster toward the end.