|Description:||The woman pictured here is a rheumatoid arthritis patient who was not letting her painful condition become a daily impediment in her life, and thereby, keep her from enjoying those activities that bring her pleasure, including the quilt stitching in which she was engaged at the time of this photograph.|
Regular physical activity is just as important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions as it is for all children and adults. Scientific studies have shown that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Being physically active can also delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis. But people with arthritis may have a difficult time being physically active because of symptoms (e.g., pain, stiffness), their lack of confidence in knowing how much and what to do, and unclear expectations of when they will see benefits. Both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities are proven to work well, and both are recommended for people with arthritis.