In Kentucky, the burden of arthritis is extremely high; approximately 32 percent of Kentuckians have been diagnosed with arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends physical activity as a proven and effective way to decrease the symptoms relating to arthritis pain.

“Is arthritis keeping you from living the life you want? Then take charge with moderate physical activity. Studies show that getting your heart rate up and keeping it up, at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week (for a total of two and a half hours a week), helps reduce the pain, fatigue, and stiffness from arthritis,” the CDC reports.

Also, “Regular physical activity doesn’t just relieve arthritis pain in your knees, hips and ankles, but also in your hands, shoulders, and wrists. It can also give you more energy and improve your mood.”

So, how do you get started? A recent article in the Senior Health and Wellness Newsletter

From the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living suggests that you start slowly, be safe, and gradually work your way up by increasing your minutes of physical activity. Take a walk. Choose activities you like and make them a regular part of your day.

The Kentucky Arthritis Program recommends trying evidence-based physical activity programs to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis pain. Programs such as Walk With Ease could safely help you increase physical activity.

For more information about arthritis programs in Kentucky call 800-633-8100 or email