Try Walking to Ease Joint Pain
May is Arthritis Month. Despite the known benefits of physical activity to help manage arthritis, adults with arthritis are less active than adults without arthritis. Walking is low impact on joints, can be done almost anywhere and doesn't require special equipment or a gym membership. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that, in all 50 states, more than 50% of adults with arthritis walked less than 90 minutes per week. The age-adjusted percentage of adults with arthritis walking less than 90 minutes per week ranged from a low of 58.8% in Maine to a high of 78.5% in Tennessee [see map below]. In 8 states, the percentage of adults with arthritis walking less than 90 minutes/week was greater than 70.8%.
This report does have some good news. About 1 in 5 adults with arthritis met physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity by walking at least 150 minutes per week. The age-adjusted percentage of adults with arthritis meeting aerobic activity guidelines ranged from a low of 16.3% in Tennessee to a high of 28.6% in Wyoming.
These data demonstrate that a considerable number of adults with arthritis are not getting the benefits of walking, which has been shown to reduce pain and stiffness, improve physical function, mood, and quality-of-life.
Walk with Ease is an evidence-based, 6 week walking program offered through the Arthritis Foundation. Walk with Ease can be done as a group program lead by a trained leader or it can be done by an individual using the workbook at their own pace. For adults with arthritis that would like to start a walking program, they can find more information about Walk With Ease.
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