Your Exercise Solution (YES)

Movement is the best medicine. But moving can be difficult when your joints hurt. Your Exercise Solution (YES) is a resource to help you create a physical activity routine — based on your specific needs and ability level — with modifications developed and approved by physical therapists.

Exercise Videos

Use the library of YES exercise videos on the Arthritis Foundation's YouTube channel to create customized, safe and effective workouts with joint-specific modifications developed and approved by physical therapists.

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Neck & Back Exercises

Maintain the strength and range of motion in your neck and back with proper stretching and resistance exercises.

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Shoulder Exercises

Use these moves and modifications to safely keep your shoulders strong and flexible.

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Core Exercises

Whip your core into shape to support nearly every move you make with these simple yet effective exercises.

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Chest Exercises

Strengthen your chest and retain your range of motion in your upper torso with a few key moves.

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Arm Exercises

Keep your arms strong and limber with these simple but effective moves.

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Lower Body man exercising
Hip & Buttock Exercises

Stretch and strengthen the muscles in your hips and buttocks with these exercises.

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Knee Exercises

For better knee stability and mobility, strengthen the muscles around your knee joints.

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Leg Exercises

Stretch and strengthen your leg muscles to make daily tasks like walking, sitting and standing easier.

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Feet & Ankle Exercises

Keep the muscles in your feet and around your ankles fit and flexible with these simple and effective moves.

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Upper Body Stretching Demo

Keep your spine, arms and shoulders flexible with these simple yet effective upper body stretches.

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Lower Body Stretching Demo

Keep your muscles loose and limber with these lower body stretches, including the knee-to-chest stretch, seated butterfly stretch and more.

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Core Workout Demo

Whip your core into shape to support nearly every move you make with these simple yet effective exercises.

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Stairs Workout Demo

Strengthen your leg muscles and improve your stability to make going up and down stairs safer and easier.

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Seated Workout Demo

Improve your range of motion and cardio safely with this seated workout that includes the hip hinge, leg lifts, the march and more.

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Upper Body Strength Workout Demo

Do this simple but effective workout that includes biceps curls, reverse flys and more to strengthen arms, back and shoulders.

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Lower Body Strength Workout Demo

Increase your lower body strength with this workout. Learn the deadlift, leg press, calf raise and more.

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Tips to Safe and Successful Stretching:

  • Stretch just until you feel gentle pulling in your muscles, then hold the stretch.
  • The stretch shouldn’t be painful.
  • Stretch gently and smoothly. Do not bounce. 
  • Breathe naturally as you hold the stretch. Don’t hold your breath. 
  • Repeat stretches as needed, slowly increasing their depth over time. 

 

Tips to Safely and Successfully Use Resistance Bands:

  • Use a resistance band or tube with foam handles. They’re easier to grip.
  • Or add foam pipe insulation to bands or tubes to create handles.
  • Handles not an option? Opt for resistance tubes. They’re gentler on hands. 
  • Resistance tubes and bands come in many lengths and resistance levels. Don’t rely on their color to gauge these factors. Manufacturers use different colors to indicate them.
  • Try different ones to find the best fit.
  • The last few reps in a set should be difficult, but not impossible. 
Pamela Massey

Remembering Pamela Massey

As a physical therapist, Pamela Massey’s service to the arthritis community spanned every level of patient support.

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Remembering Pamela Massey

Walk With Ease Program

The Arthritis Foundation’s six-week walking program is proven to reduce arthritis pain and symptoms while improving your overall health. Learn how the program can work for you.

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Physical Activity Podcasts

Tune in to the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast to hear top experts discuss a variety of fitness topics — from the benefits of tai chi and yoga to real-world strategies for staying motivated.

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Physical Activity Webinars

Get fitness experts’ advice, tips and modifications to make your workouts work best for you. Watch the educational webinars now to learn how to be physically active without harming your joints.

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American Physical Therapy Association

Partnering to Promote Physical Activity

The American Physical Therapy Association has teamed up with the Arthritis Foundation to optimize movement and transform society.

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Stacy’s story

"It's a gift that I'm feeling so good."

After years of being unable to do anything, Stacy Courtnay uses exercise and complementary therapies to help manage her arthritis.

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Eugenia’s story

Yoga Helps Her Manage RA & Enjoy Life

Developing a yoga practice influenced not only Eugenia Esquivel’s ability to move, but also her overall mindset and approach to life.

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Your Exercise Solution Partners

Our YES exercise videos were made possible by generous donations to the Pamela Massey Patient Partner Resources Fund, the American Physical Therapy Association and Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel.

Take the First Step to Get Moving

Before you customize a physical activity routine that’s just right for you, download the e-book: A Guide to Happy Feet. Learn ways to protect your feet, what to look for in shoe choices and more. It’s the first step to getting and staying active.


 
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