May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US. In Illinois, May is a great time to begin or recommit yourself to an outdoor walking routine.
Physical activity has been shown to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life. Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.
Aerobic activity is also called "cardio," endurance, or conditioning exercise. It is any activity that makes your heart beat faster and makes you breathe a little harder. Arthritis sufferers should do activities of moderate intensity and that does not twist or "pound" joints too much. Brisk walking is a good example.
Adults should also do activities that strengthen muscles at least 2 days per week. Having strong muscles can take some of the pressure off the joints. There are many ways to do muscle strengthening activities, such as lifting weights and working with resistance bands.
Remember to start slow and pay attention to how your body tolerates activity. The most important thing to remember is to find out what works best for you.
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