Arthritis can be a very upsetting condition which has many sufferers concerned they will not be able to enjoy staying active because of this illness. However, exercise is actually good for arthritis sufferers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention writes that physical activity may actually reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and overall quality of life for arthritis sufferers. HealthDay reported on Oct. 26, 2013, "Exercise May Make Life Better for Those With Arthritis."
A new study shows that regular exercise improves quality of life and lowers health care costs for people with arthritis. The researchers say that meeting national physical activity guidelines could add up to 20 days of good health in one year for patients suffering from arthritis. But, unfortunately many Americans are not getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Study author Dr. Kai Sun has said, "Regular physical activity improves health and reduces mortality in the general population. Furthermore, physical activity promotes arthritis-specific health benefits including improving symptoms,
function and psychosocial outcomes, as well as reduced disability."
Researchers examined physical activity levels and the quality-adjusted life years of 4,700 adults who were diagnosed with or who were at risk for arthritis of the knee. Throughout this study the quality-adjusted life years of participants who met the guidelines for physical activity were found to be higher than those who were just somewhat active or inactive. The bottom line is exercise is generally vital for the well being of arthritis sufferers just like it is for everyone else.