According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in almost 10 adults in the U.S. have osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a type of arthritis that effects the hands, knees and hips. Although OA is common, there are ways that it can be managed or prevented.
The Arthritis Foundation rolled out a six-week program called Walk With Ease that teaches you how to make exercising a part of your daily life. The program is designed to help reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance and strength, build confidence when it comes to being active and improve your overall health.
The way the program works is that you can go to a physical class several times a week, or you can do it on your own. To read more about these options, visit the Walk With Ease Worksite page. This program, whether you participate in person or not, provides a Walk With Ease workbook found here that includes important information such as:
- Action plans for setting goals
- Activity logs to track your walks
- Information about the importance of exercising
- Strategies to help manage arthritis
- Tips for warming up and cooling down
Good thing is that no matter if you prefer to go to a physical class or do it on your own, the Walk With Ease workbook and mobile app will help keep you on track with managing your arthritis.
Please consult your doctor before changing or improving your physical activity.
To find out more information about the Walk With Ease program or to get started, please visit https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/tools-resources/walk-with-ease/.