Seize The Day and Get Outdoors
Regular physical activity is important for all adults and those with arthritis are no exception. Physical activity has been proven to decrease pain, delay the onset of disability, improve physical functioning, mood, and independence, and enhance quality of life, aerobic capacity and muscle strength. Despite these significant benefits, adults with arthritis have higher rates of physical inactivity than those without arthritis. With the help of the American Council on Exercise, longtime supporter of the OA Action Alliance, here are some great ideas on how to get outdoors and be more active.
Cycling on Rails-To-Trails: From quick rides for work commutes to a weekend training ride to exploring a new region during a multiday cycling and camping trip, bicycle paths built on old railroad rights-of-way provide numerous options for those who love to travel via two wheels.
Walking the Dog: If you’re not very active, owning a dog could give you a very good reason to walk regularly. But before you rush out and buy a dog, plan your purchase. Make sure you choose a breed that’s appropriate to your lifestyle. For example, don’t buy a large active dog if you live in a small apartment or have limited mobility.
View Food as Fuel for a Healthy Lifestyle: Share this infographic created by the NIH (View en español) and help spread the word about healthy diet and exercise.
I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see AND pursuing that vision.