Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active

According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults with arthritis aren't exercising enough. According to researchers, who analyzed data from a 2002 National Health Interview Survey:
  • More than one-third of adults with arthritis do not exercise at all.
  • People with arthritis are less likely than people without arthritis to meet recommended levels of physical activity (30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week).
  • Only 20 percent of people with arthritis perform strength training exercises.
  • 37 percent of adults with arthritis meet the minimum levels of physical activity that are recommended for people with arthritis.
Researchers think that people with arthritis may fear that exercise will worsen their pain or harm their joints.

Action Sparked: It's no secret that exercise is beneficial for people with arthritis. Regular exercise helps decrease pain, delays disability, reduces stiffness, and improves mobility, range of motion, and overall function. And exercise doesn't have to be strenuous to offer benefits. Read Exercising with Arthritis to get started today.
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Member Comments

So true. Thank you for reminding us to move more! Report
Thank you for sharing this article. Report
t really walking help me! Report
Good article. Report
Hi. My doctor said to be in the water and swim. I chose water aerobics and when my knees start hurting while I do the exercise in the shallow end, I just go in the deep end. I read water and try to mimic the exercises they're doing. I love doing water aerobics! Report
I exercise but walking helps also. Report
it just hurts so much, especially later in the day. Report
this helps Report
Water exercise works best for me. I appreciate all the great tips Spark People provide in all of the articles I read. Report
My doc said hit the pool. I"m working on it. Report
I hurt but I still get out and exercise. I use to let it get the best of me but no more. I love to walk. Once I start the pain easy down and when I get in the house and sit on my god the pain. But everyday I walk for an hour and I was doing aerobics but I stop. So I am going to get back into it. Report
Can't recommend water aerobics enough for older folks or for those with arthritis.
I feel great after a one hour session! Report
I was told by my doctor to avoid using the treadmill while my knee is swollen and inflammed. Report
i have osteoarthritis in hips (mild). so i thought i want to keep fit. so i will be getting a trike (3wheeled). low step so i don't have to put my leg very high. it's only six inches off the ground. i'm not going to go fast, i will go at my own pace as i'm only 5ft. Report
I have arthrities and since I have joined Curves I have found that after the exercising I feel like I can take on the rest of the day. The pain is never really gone, but what a difference! Report


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Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.