Walking and arthritis

Getting active with arthritis

A gentle way of getting more active

Healthcare practitioners recommend walking as a good form of exercise for people with arthritis as it is a gentle way of getting more active. Even at a slow pace and for a short time, you’ll feel the benefits. 


Arthritis and the benefits of walking  

Walking is a low impact form of exercise, so it is gentle on your hips, knees and feet. It will also help keep your joints flexible and may even help relieve arthritis pain, stiffness, and swelling. With time it may help improve your bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.  Not only is walking good for your joints but it can boost your mood and help you sleep better, both of which can be helpful when dealing with chronic pain. 


Getting started with walking if you have arthritis 

Easy walks at a slow pace are sufficient to get started and begin to feel the benefits. Start with a short walk around the block or around your local park.  Build up your distance gradually and take rests as needed.  If you feel a little stiff, take things easy and always check in with your GP if you have any questions or concerns.     


Take your first steps to being more active, with confidence  

If you are new to walking, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are ideal for getting started with walking and staying active, especially when you’re living with a health condition. Support from trained walk leaders helps you take those first steps towards being more active. And you’ll be amongst a friendly bunch all walking for their own reasons - whether to ward off illness, manage health conditions or boost wellbeing.  

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You can find out more about living with arthritis by visiting www.versusarthritis.org

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