Stay Active With Arthritis
Exercise means more than just keeping fit for the 40 million Americans affected by arthritis-it means taking charge of their condition.
"Regular exercise can help lessen fatigue, build stronger muscles and bones, increase energy, flexibility and stamina, and improve your general health and sense of well-being," said Doyt Conn, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs for the Arthritis Foundation. "After two to three months of exercising, most people also report less pain, anxiety and depression."
The Arthritis Foundation offers these exercise tips to help you stay active with arthritis:
- Choose exercises you want to do-combine activities your doctor or other health professional recommends with some of your favorite exercises.
- Choose a specific time and place to exercise-keep this consistent.
- Start your program gradually-especially if you haven't exercised in a while.
- Ask a family member or friend to support your decision to take charge of arthritis.
For a free brochure about staying active with arthritis, call your local Arthritis Foundation chapter or call the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at 1-800-283-7800. (NAPSI)
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