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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.

We know it can be hard to imagine exercising with the pain of osteoarthritis but after a few weeks, you will find you hurt less and can move more easily. Remember to start low and go slow. Start by just walking 10 minutes more a day and build up over time. If you aren’t sure where to start and want more guidance, try working with a physical therapist, athletic trainer, personal trainer or other healthcare professional. It may even be covered under your insurance! Always consult your doctor before you begin any new exercise program.

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