I have a hard time with arthritis too - in my hip and hands. Hands from typing too many years, hip from getting bucked off a 4 yr old I was breaking a few years ago. Come to think of it, no matter what time of year or what season it is, I still hobble around for the first 10 minutes when I get up in the morning with aches and pains in every joint. I think horses have a lot to do with that - they can be pretty hard on the body after so many years of working with them
With as much stuff that has to be done around here on a regular basis and I work out three times a week - they say exercise is supposed to chase the joint aches and general stiffness away but I think 'THEY' lied - whoever THEY is. It might keep the weight off, but what is the purpose of it all if you are in a constant state of ache/pain/hobble/teeter as you move around the house? It probably doesn't help that I can reach over and touch the top of the hill with my big toe, either.