Health advantages abound in this Chinese martial art. That includes greater joint and bone health, says Arsenault. "Tai Chi improves balance, flexibility, and joint range of motion, making it suitable for arthritis
Arsenault suggests taking a Tai Chi class or watching internet videos to start. "Start with slow, controlled movements and deep breathing," she advises. "Grow in complexity and speed as you get used to it."
Swimming is more than a summer activity. It also benefits your joints and muscles. "Swimming strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and is gentle on the joint
She advises starting in a shallow pool. "Walk or float in the water," she says. "Incorporate swimming strokes gradually to work different muscles." Arsenault suggests 30 minutes of swimming or water aerobics several times a week for optimum effects.
You may already know yoga's many advantages. For Arsenault, yoga "enhances flexibility, balance, and strength, which can relieve joint pain and promote bone health." It also helps you lose weight and tone.
As with Tai Chi, she advises starting yoga classes or online courses. Downward Dog, Child's Pose, and Cat-Cow are good starting points. You can move to more sophisticated postures eventually.