Exercise is the most valuable treatment modality used for arthritis. It has been shown in multiple studies that exercises can, over the long term, help reduce the symptoms of arthritis pain. By strengthening the muscles around an arthritic joint, exercising helps reduce the stress on the worn out and painful joint. Although exercises may be uncomfortable during the exercise routine, the benefit is usually experienced on a more long term basis. Low impact, high repetition exercise programs are recommended over high impact higher weight programs. These lower impact exercises help strengthen the joint without causing impact on the wearing cartilage. These lower stress exercises include walking, swimming, biking, low impact aerobics, Pilates, yoga, lower weight lifting programs, water aerobics and similar programs. You should first consult with your primary care physician to determine if your overall health is appropriate to start this type of program. Also, you should choose a program that you enjoy and is practical for you so that you will stick with it for the long term.