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Marilyn Hayes demonstrates a neck stretch to her arthritic exercise class at the Hudson YMCA. Hayes instructs the class three times a week. - Jace Frederick

Ease the discomfort of arthritis

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Arthritis can make physical activity more difficult. In spite of that difficulty, exercise is an important part of staying healthy for men and women with arthritis. Even moderate physical activity can strengthen bones and muscles and increase joint flexibility, making it easier for arthritis sufferers to perform daily tasks.

There are different types of exercise to aid those suffering from arthritis. They include cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility training.

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