Regular physical activity is important for all adults and those with arthritis are no exception.

People with arthritis may find it more difficult to exercise, which can lead to worse joint pain, less movement and increased risk for comorbid chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Adults with arthritis should be encouraged to introduce and/or maintain regular physical activity to lessen pain, delay the onset of disability, and improve mobility, aerobic capacity, muscle strength, mood and independence. Perhaps most importantly, regular physical activity will enhance quality of life.

In hopes of boosting physical activity among adults with arthritis, the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) developed the Physical Activity Implementation Guide. The guide is designed to engage a broad array of sectors, agencies and organizations as partners in establishing environmental and policy strategies to increase access to physical activity. Developed in collaboration with the American Council on Exercise, this infographic’s goal is to spread the word about the importance of physical activity for those with arthritis, as well as strategies for implementing increased physical activity.

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Learn how you can implement strategies that increase physical activity with Physical Activity Implementation Guide. Developed by @oaactionallianc & @acefitness on the benefits and barriers to physical activity for adults with #arthritis.

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This infographic is based on the Physical Activity Implementation Guide

Additional Physical Activity resources and information can be found in our Resource Library.

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