According to the Arthritis Foundation, yoga is proven to help people with arthritis improve many physical and psychological symptoms. Recent scientific studies of people with various types of arthritis show that regular yoga practice can help reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep.
In fact, people with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis (OA) may be able to avoid hip surgery if they exercise, according to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in 2013. The study showed that people who participated in an exercise program for one hour at least twice a week for 12 weeks were 44 percent less likely to need hip replacement surgery six years later compared with a similar group of people who did not exercise. Also, those who exercised reported improved flexibility and ability to perform physical activities compared with those who did not exercise.
Yoga comes in many different forms, but generally involves positioning the body in various poses along with coordinated breathing and meditation exercises. It is an ideal gentle workout for those with arthritis.