Staying active is so important. A lot of people assume that because arthritis is a “wear and tear problem” that they should not exercise. It’s simply NOT TRUE. The type of exercise matters and each individual should have an individualized program designed by a physical therapist. Quite a few of these people actually have the bonus of less pain in addition to improved function.
This above link is to an article that states how research demonstrates exercise in patients with osteoarthritis can lead to longer and higher quality of life!
The best exercise is the one that you are willing to do, but there are definitely better ones (for you) than others. Talking to your physical therapist can help direct what you should do.