Don't let arthritis stand in your way.
Is arthritis keeping you from living the life you want? Then take charge with moderate physical activity. Studies show that getting your heart rate up and keeping it up, at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (for a total of 2.5 a week), helps reduce the pain, fatigue and stiffness from arthritis. If 30 minutes at one time is too much, try 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day.
Most people who stick with a program of regular physical activity Begin to feel better within 4 to 6 weeks. Sure, it's not easy, especially when your joints hurt or you haven't been active for a while. But the sooner you start, the sooner you'll feel better.
Regular Moderate Physical Activity Can Help You:
- Feel less pain
- Move more easily and do more activities
- Feel more energetic
- Improve your mood
- Keep your muscles, bones, and joints healthy
Did you know?
Regular physical activity doesn't just relieve arthritis pain in your knees, hips and ankles, but also in your hands, shoulders and wrists. It also helps you reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness. It even gives you more energy and improves your mood.
Here are some activities you can try:
- Walking briskly
- Water aerobics
- Group exercise classes
- Yard work such as raking or trimming shrubs
So get moving, and keep moving.
Getting started is the most difficult part, but don't let your arthritis be in charge. Get started on a regular routine of physical activity. In 4 to 6 weeks, you could be hurting less, moving more easily, and feeling more energetic. Get physically active and show arthritis who's boss.
Don't let arthritis keep you from living the life you want, take charge and show arthritis who's boss! Learn more about how you can take charge of your arthritis through the physical activity and self-management programs offered by the Regional Arthritis Centers. Click here to find a class near you.