There’s more to exercise than simply losing weight. “Exercise strengthens the muscles and ligaments around the joint, so there’s less pressure,” says Lauren Smith, a physical therapist with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. You’ll experience better range of motion and less achiness, making it easier to climb stairs, get dressed and take out the trash. A study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that people with knee osteoarthritis who participated in strength training program for four months experienced a 43 percent decrease in pain.
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