7 At-Home Exercises Safe for People with Joint Pain
If you have psoriatic arthritis, you probably know that exercise is good for your joints. “Exercise actually improves joint function and mobility, which, in turn, is a preventive for further damage [for people with chronic joint pain],” says Jolene Ballard, a certified personal trainer in Stamford, Connecticut.
If you don’t have the luxury of a private home gym or access to a personal trainer, there’s no need to worry. You can still safely work out right at home and reap the benefits. Here, fitness experts describe the best exercises you can safely do at home, using just your own body weight—no equipment needed.
Restore the Core
A plank with a leg lift is a great way to safely stabilize your core, says Jennifer Cohen, performance-coach founder and CEO of No Gym Required. Here’s how to do it: “Push yourself up into the plank position, propping yourself up against your forearms,” explains Cohen. “Extend your legs fully and up on your toes, alternate lifting each leg in the air and return to the starting position.” Do three sets of 10 for each leg.