What to do

  • Choose the right kinds of activities — those that build the muscles around your joints but don't damage the joints themselves. A physical or occupational therapist can help you develop an exercise program that's right for you.
  • Focus on stretching, range-of-motion exercises and gradual progressive strength training.
  • Include low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling or water exercises, to improve your mood and help control your weight.