|Description:||The woman pictured here is a rheumatoid arthritis patient, and was not letting her painful condition impeded her from carrying on with her daily activities, which included the use of a baggage carrier that she was using to move a small piece of luggage over the threshold of her from door. After having fully exited from her home, she had locked her front door. Note that in her left hand she held both her cane, and the handle to the luggage carrier, and was switching the cane to her right hand, which she’d use for support as she walked.|
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.