Is arthritis keeping you from living the life you want? In Missouri, there are more than 1.4 million people living with arthritis; yet many do not know that regular moderate exercise can help them take charge and show arthritis who's boss. It's true!
"For many years, everyone thought that people with arthritis should rest to spare their joints. In fact, just the opposite is true. Recent studies show that becoming more active can help people with arthritis feel better," said Beth Richards, Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services – Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program.
Studies show that regular moderate exercise can help you:
- Improve your mood and feel more in control
- Move more easily and do more activities with friends and loved ones
- Feel more energetic and positive about yourself
- Improve your ability to take care of and provide for your family
What types of exercise are best?
For people with arthritis, low-impact activities at a moderate pace – like walking, riding a bicycle, and swimming - are best. Any activity that increases your heart rate or breathing without putting extra stress on your joints can be good.
If it has been a while since you've done regular exercise, start slowly. In fact, exercising just 10 minutes a day, 3 times a day for 5 or more days a week can make a difference.
Add variety by making it fun with family and friends.
Try taking your grandchildren to the pool and swimming for 20 minutes. Then, take a 10-minute walk with your spouse or a friend. Whatever you do, make your goal at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, 5 or more days a week.
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.