Physical Activity

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs For Better Living

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This is a group exercise program that uses movements created by physical therapists that address pain and fatigue while increasing strength.  Exercises can be done seated or standing.

Studies show that individuals attending the classes have experienced: 

  • less pain
  • more confidence in their ability to continue activities
  • increased social activity
  • fewer doctor and emergency room visits. 

Programs are led two or three times per week by certified leaders and are appropriate for people of all ages and health conditions.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

This is a group exercise program offered in a warm water pool and designed to decrease pain by improving flexibility, joint range of motion, endurance, strength, and daily functioning.  Studies show that individuals attending the classes have experienced:  

  • less pain
  • improved joint function
  • increased muscle strength
  • better perceived quality of life and well-being

Programs are led two or three times per week by certified leaders.  Participants stand in water shoulder height, swimming ability is not required. 

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease

This program is designed for people with or without arthritis – young and old, male and female, fit and not-so-fit.  It is a program to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit.  Shown to reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace, Walk With Ease provides participants with the information and tools they need to develop a safe exercise routine that fits their unique needs and goals.

Individuals can use the Walk With Ease workbook to do the program on their own or can join others in a six-week group series led by a certified leader.

Join a class http://www.arthritis.org/minnesota/physical-activity-programs.php

For those interested in implementing this program contact Mary Jo Peters at mpeters@arthritis.org