Despite the known benefits of physical activity to help manage arthritis, adults with arthritis are less active than adults without arthritis. Walking has been shown to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life. Walking is low impact on your joints, can be done almost anywhere and doesn’t require special equipment or a gym membership. Here are some ways to get started walking to ease joint pain.
- Walk your dog or volunteer to walk dogs at an animal shelter.
- Suggest to co-workers to have “walking meetings.”
- Park 10 minutes away from your office and walk the rest of the way.
- Walk around the soccer field, basketball court, or softball field when your kids are at sports practice.
- Buy an inexpensive pedometer and work to increase your steps a little each day.
- Have a friendly competition with a spouse, friend, or co-worker.
- When the weather is bad, stop by your local mall and walk a few laps.