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dawnieh Member Posts: 1
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:10 in Living with arthritis

Hello, thank you for letting me join. I'm really after some advise please. I've been going swimming to help me loose weight, but recently the pain and stiffness after it is really bad and lasts for days.


  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 673

    Hello @dawnieh welcome to the online community

    It is good to meet you and great to hear that you are swimming as your exercise to help you loose weight.

    As you see from the link swimming is highly recommended for those of us living with arthritis because it gives us the opportunity to exercise with the support of the water taking the strain off our joints. Have you spoken to a physio or aqua therapist about the types of exercises to do in a pool.? Swimming is not just moving up and down the lengths but being in a pool can give you the opportunity to do all sorts of stretching, aerobic and anaerobic movements which don't cause the pain and stiffness - once you have got used to them.

    You don't say what type of arthritis you have, so I attach some general information.

    I hope some of our members will share their experiences of swimming and the benefits it brings both physically and mentally, so do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.

    Take care


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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,032

    Hi @dawnieh

    well done going swimming it's great exercise, but because it doesn't hurt while we are in the water we can easily overdo it. Maybe that's all you've done and easing back a bit will be enough.

    If not then There is no harm taking some advice from your GP.

    Take crae

    Toni x