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Living Well

In this section we look at some of the things that can help you live well with your condition including

  • Medications
  • Managing pain
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Staying active
  • Surgery
  • Smoking
  • Vaccinations

General advice

Why is exercise so important? 

Exercise is good for lots of reasons. Exercise can help to:

  • Keep muscles strong
  • Reduce stiffness in joints
  • Improve mood
  • Improve joint pain
  • Aid sleep
  • Improve other health conditions
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Keep at a healthy weight and avoid putting pressure on the joints
  • Reduce stress

Even being a little bit more active can improve your health.

How can I start exercising and what sort of exercise should I do?

  • Exercise doesn’t need to be a chore or take up a lot of time.
  • Building up gradually and setting goals (see below) can make exercise more enjoyable.
  • Walking, dancing and gardening all count as exercise.
  • It’s often hard to see how you can fit exercise into your daily life, especially if you are in pain and feeling tired, but if you can manage to do a little bit more activity you can feel better in yourself.
  • Any exercise is better than none. Try and focus on the things you can do.
  • It may be easier for you to exercise in water where your joints can feel supported.
  • Yoga, pilates and Tia Chi can also be helpful

For more information click on the websites below:

Our updated Keep Moving booklet is here! (

Physical activity guidelines – GOV.UK (

Easy Exercise Guide | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (

Join the Movement | Sport England

Everyone Active – Leading Operator for Gym, Swim and Activities

Exercise – NHS (

About group walks – Ramblers

Get active – Better Health – NHS (

Strength exercises – NHS (