Only 1 in 4 US adults meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.  Overcome physical barriers like artritis with these physical activity programs recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Physical Activity for Arthritis

According to the CDC, "people with arthritis who take part in “joint-friendly” physical activity can reduce their arthritis pain and improve their function, mood, and quality of life. Examples of joint-friendly activities include walking, biking, and swimming. Being physically active can also delay arthritis disability."

The CDC has partnered with the following organizations through their Arthritis Program to promote safe physical activity programs for people with arthritis:

  • Active Living Everyday focuses on helping sedentary people become and stay physically active. About 20 people come together for 1-hour weekly sessions for 12 to 20 weeks of education and discussion to learn how to become more physically active.
  • EnhanceFitness works to increase strength, boost activity levels, and elevate mood. Certified instructors focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, low-impact aerobics, and strength training exercises.
  • Fit & Strong focuses on sedentary older adults with lower-extremity joint pain and stiffness. It offers stretching, balance, aerobic, and endurance exercises.
  • Walk with Ease is a community-based walking program that meets three times a week for 6 weeks. Trained group exercise leaders begin each session with a pre-walk discussion covering a topic related to exercise and arthritis, followed by a 10- to 40-minute walk that includes a warm-up and cool-down period.

Source:  Learn more about the effects from Lack of Physical Activity here.

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