Get Active!

Exercising with arthritis may seem daunting, but research shows benefits in both pain and function. Get started with these 4 progressive strength-training exercises, or if you are ready for more, select from the exercise resources below.

Arthritis Foundation – The Arthritis Foundation has a wealth of great resources for people with arthritis who want to become more active.  Here are some of our favorites below:

Beginner’s Fitness Guide – The basics for people just starting an exercise program
Exercising with Arthritis – Resources to safely exercise with arthritis (español) Videos in Spanish: español
Exercise Demonstrations
 – Step-by-step video and photo instructions for common arthritis-approved exercises
Simple Stretching Exercises – Arthritis Foundation recommended stretching exercises. Contains video and text versions (español)
Free Fitness Brochures – Booklets about managing common activities, such as gardening, water exercise, and walking (español)
Walk with Ease Online Tools – From the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease self-directed program

CDC Guidelines – Activity recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for people with arthritis

Growing Stronger – This evidence-based strength-training program is approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for older adults. If desired, use this printable strength training log, with 12 weeks of recommended exercises

Go 4 Life – National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) recommended exercises for people age 50 and over (español)

Fit After 50 – This physical activity campaign was created by experts from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). One helpful resource is the Video Library, containing more than 50 exercise demonstrations with proper technique

Twenty Exercises for Arthritis Management (TEAM) – printable guide containing 20 exercises approved by American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for people with arthritis