"One of the best things you can do for your joints is exercise," Dr. Gilbert said. "It seems counterintuitive at first - your joints hurt when you move them. You might ask, won't being active make things worse? Lack of physical activity actually worsens joint pain and stiffness, but regular exercise can help."
Staying active strengthens the muscles around your joints and gives them more support. Weight loss, another benefit of regular exercise, also helps your joints - losing one pound of body weight takes four pounds of pressure off your knees.
A physical therapist can help you create the right exercise program tailored to your needs. Low-impact exercises, such as cycling, swimming or yoga, are often easier on the joints than other forms. Be sure to listen to your body, and don't push yourself too far. Sharp pain is a sign to stop or lower the intensity of your workout.