Boosting Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis

Physical activity is an important but underused approach to improving the lives of people with arthritis. Learn more about making physical activity more accessible and convenient for people with arthritis.


Physical activity is an important but underused intervention for adults with arthritis. Studies have shown that physical activity has many benefits: decreased pain, improved quality of life, independence and physical functioning (aerobic capacity and muscle strength), and mood. In addition, physical activity delays the onset of disability. In 2010, A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis identified physical activity as one of the top four interventions ready for widespread dissemination. 

In 2011, the Arthritis Foundation (AF) convened experts to produce prioritized environmental and policy strategies to increase physical activity among adults with arthritis.


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