Our Programs Empower
With Arthritis Foundation programs, you can strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and boost your mood and self-confidence. Taught by nationally certified instructors, the Arthritis Foundation’s Programs for Better Living empower people with arthritis through the Aquatic, Exercise and Tai Chi and Walk with Ease Programs which are proven to increase mobility, reduce pain and stiffness, and physician visits.
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This evidence-based program incorporates the buoyancy of water and the soothing warmth of a heated pool to make a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Gentle movements increase joint flexibility and range of motion, while building stronger muscles and overall stamina. For those seeking a more challenging workout, resistance equipment and a deep water option can be incorporated. The ability to swim is not required for classes in shallow water. The program is led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors.
This evidence-based program features gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain and improve balance. The course incorporates the optional use of resistance bands and weights for an added workout as well as interactive health education lessons and stress-reducing relaxation techniques to help participants better manage their arthritis. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor. The program is led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors.
Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to improve mental and physical well-being. Using gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines, the evidence-based Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is suitable for every fitness level. The course includes warm-up and cool-down exercises, six basic core movements and six advanced extension movements, along with direction changes to add challenge. Tai Chi will help reduce stress; increase balance and flexibility; feel more relaxed; improve overall mind, body, and spirit. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi Program relieves pain, reduces falls, and improves quality of life. The program is led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor.
The evidence-based Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease (WWE) Program is designed for people with or without arthritis, young and old, male or female, fit and not-so-fit. It was designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. Individuals can join others in a six-week group series led by a certified WWE leader. Shown to reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace, Walk with Ease provides participants with the information and tools they need to develop a safe exercise routine that fits their unique needs and goals.