JointHealth™ express   May 18, 2022

People living with arthritis are involved in various physical activities. The most recent physical activity recommendations for adults living with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis include 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking, or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity, such as road cycling or basketball.

These guidelines are very similar to those for the general population, but should be adapted to meet the preferences, needs, and values of each individual. For health care providers, barriers to prescribing and monitoring exercises for people living with arthritis may include a lack of time and available resources. For people living with arthritis, it is a constant struggle to balance multiple self-care tasks in their daily life with exercise.

From March 16 to April 5, 2022, ACE conducted a Survey to ask members about their exercise journey and what health care providers and the healthcare system can do to support them to participate and maintain an exercise routine.

This issue of JointHealth™ insight summarize the Survey findings and includes:
  • Survey respondent characteristics
  • Peoples’ exercise routine before an arthritis diagnosis
  • Peoples’ exercise routine after an arthritis diagnosis
  • People’s exercise preferences
  • What health care providers can do to support an exercise journey
  • Survey findings from diverse groups and geographic locations
  • Resources for your exercise journey
Read and share the Survey findings and infographic and learn more about respondents’ experiences with exercise.