(ARA) - In conjunction with National Arthritis Month this May, the Arthritis Foundation wants to inspire you to take control of your joint health with a simple phrase: "More Life, Less Limits." Whether talking to a health care provider, beginning a physical activity program or losing weight, taking an active role in improving your joint health today can allow you to live life to the fullest and avoid future limitations of decreased mobility.
The impact of arthritis has been underscored for decades. Arthritis affects more than 70 million Americans, including one out of three adults and nearly 300,000 children. Arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability, affecting daily activities for people of all ages and diminishing their overall quality of life. By taking control of your joint health and engaging in regular, moderate physical activity, you can make a real impact on your health and quality of life.
"Arthritis is not an inevitable part of aging -- nor is it something that has to affect the quality and enjoyment of daily activities," said John H. Klippel, M.D., medical director of the Arthritis Foundation. "There are many things we can do to prevent arthritis from imposing limits on our lives -- from getting an early and accurate diagnosis, to beginning a physical activity program that increases endurance and mobility."
Research has shown that vigorous physical activity, including walking, could reduce disability among older adults with arthritis by 5 percent to 10 percent. Walking improves balance, circulation, muscle tone and flexibility, and is a joint-safe exercise for almost anyone. And walking may help joints function more fully and the mind cope with pain and stress more readily. Before beginning a walking program, speak with a health care provider to determine the best level of activity.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. For a FREE Arthritis Today 2003 Walking Guide, which includes a 12-question joint health quiz and expert advice on creating a walking program for your life, contact the Arthritis Foundation at (800) 283-7800 or www.arthritis.org.
Courtesy of ARA Content