More Americans are exercising now than ever before. But a large percentage of those who suffer from arthritis are not exercising, even though they can benefit from exercise. The number of American adults who did not exercise in 1989 was 31 percent, and that has decreased to 25 percent in 2008. It was also revealed that 53 percent fewer adults exercise who have arthritis versus those adults who do not have arthritis. This was taken from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This is very unfortunate because exercise has been shown to reduce arthritis-related pain and improve function. The CDC researchers said that many people with arthritis are physically inactive because of fears that exercise will make their symptoms worse. Continue reading How to Exercise with Arthritis