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Regular, Vigorous Exercise may Help Reduce Loss of Function due to Arthritis

separator A two-year study of 5,700 adults with arthritis found that those who were regularly very active were less likely to develop problems that interfered with their activities of daily living. Two thirds of the people did not get regular exercise, and they had twice the risk of functional decline as the other people in their age group. The activities during which they were less able to function included walking a short distance, bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals and shopping.

Exercise boosted the energy levels of those in the study group, improved their general health and simply made them feel better.

If you’re interested in starting an exercise program, talk with your doctor first. Then investigate programs in your area that emphasize activities that are beneficial for people with arthritis, such as water aerobics and walking.

Arthritis and Rheumatism, April 2005
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