Let’s Get Moving is the Correct Answer!

Exercise does not exacerbate arthritis pain. In fact, physical activity helps to maintain joint health and is recommended as an essential part of the treatment for osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis, according to the American college of Rheumatology. Obesity actually poses a much greater threat to joints than exercise does. I work with many clients who suffer from arthritic pains in their bodies and I can tell you that consistent exercise, eating anti-inflammatory foods and losing weight can be some of the best things to combat the pain and inflammation that arthritis causes.

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Active Adults
Recommended Amount of Activity
For Important Health Benefits Aerobic activity per week =
• 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity OR
• 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity OR
• an equivalent combination* of both moderate and vigorous intensity activity; activity should be at least 10-minute episodes and preferably spread throughout the week.
AND
muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days per week

For Even Greater Benefits Aerobic activity per week =
• 5 hours (300 minutes) of moderate intensity OR
• 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of vigorous intensity OR
• an equivalent combination* of both moderate and vigorous intensity activity; activity should be at least 10-minute episodes and preferably spread throughout the week.
AND
Muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days per week.

* A general rule is that 1 minute of vigorous intensity activity = 2 minutes of moderate intensity activity.

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