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Managing Arthritis Symptoms with a Walking Program

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There are no sure-fire ways to prevent chronic diseases, like arthritis. However, there are some activities that you can do to help manage your symptoms.

Walking to Ease Arthritis Symptoms

Now that the days are longer and warmer, it’s the perfect time to start a walking routine. You may not think walking is the best thing to do when your joints are painful, but exercise is an important part of managing arthritis symptoms and your overall well-being.

All adults, including those with arthritis, should aim for 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, will help you meet your aerobic activity goal. Consider bringing a friend along to help maintain your commitment.

Exercise is beneficial to strengthening your muscles and increasing your range of motion. It also can help improve your sleep quality, boost your self-esteem, and help shed excess weight that adds to more stress on your painful joints.

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

This month, St. Joe’s is working to spread more awareness about arthritis with self-care tips to help you manage your disease and improve your health. But know you don’t have to do this on your own. There are resources to help!

If you or someone you love is suffering from joint pain, you’re not alone. Call St. Joseph Rheumatology at (207) 907-3370 or visit our website for information.

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