Arthritis affects 1 in 5 U.S. adults, and what’s more, 1 in 3 U.S. adults with arthritis have anxiety or depression according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).
There is no debating arthritis creates barriers to moving around, but physical activity is still recommended by the CDCP to combat it. While no cure exists, exercising can be the difference between “not moving like you used to” and not moving at all.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health measured whether sedentary behavior is related to subsequent functional loss in adults with or at high risk of arthritis.
Their findings revealed that being less sedentary was related to less future decline in function.
Translation: Just because you can’t do everything does not mean you shouldn’t do anything. People with arthritis can still safely partake in joint-friendly activities and/or arthritis-specific workouts.
For example, if you identify as a marathon runner, but start having arthritis in your knees, you can still do activities such as water aerobics.
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The most important thing is to sustain an active lifestyle so you can preserve your body as long as possible.