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Exercise and Arthritis

Does physical activity really help arthritis?
The short answer is: Yes! Studies have consistently shown that exercise, either aerobic activities like brisk walking, or resistance exercises such as lifting weights, are safe and effective ways of reducing pain and disability in arthritis patients. Studies also show that exercise does not make your disease worse, a common fear of persons thinking about increasing their activity levels.

Try gardening as a great way to be active and grow healthy foods for your table.

What Can You Do?

Living Well with Chronic Conditions classes (the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)


Call the Utah Arthritis Program at1-888-222-2542 for more information.

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Arthritis Swim Poster

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Snapshot of Arthritis in Utah

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, and the second leading cause of disability in Utah. Many adults don't exercise because of their disability. In Utah, the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, rising from 13% among persons 18-34, to 58% among those over 65.

For more information on how physical activity can help relieve arthritis pain, contact the Utah Department of Health Arthritis Program at 801-538-9340 or visit

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