Even Moderate Activity Helps With Arthritis
If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with arthritis, it may be difficult for you to get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intensive exercise per week. But here’s good news: All you need is 45 minutes of weekly moderate activity to stay functional with arthritis. A study of 1,629 adults age 49 and older with joint pain, achiness, and stiffness showed that over two years, those who exercised for at least 45 minutes a week were able to walk faster and had better daily function than those who exercised less often than that. The study counted all types of activity, including simple walking, which can improve functioning and reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Talk with your doctor about what exercises are best for you.
Source: Arthritis Care & Research, published online Jan. 9, 2017