Getting Started

Walking, strength-training, or tai-chi … whatever kind of movement you prefer, research says it is most important to just get moving! The resources below will help you get started:

Gear and Trackers | Special Considerations | Getting Help

Gear and Trackers

Shoe Fit and Foot Care Guide – Advice from the Arthritis Foundation about outfitting your feet for exercise.

Fitness Trackers and Gadgets – A quick guide from the Arthritis Foundation.

Printable Walking Log – From the Walking Club of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Printable Strength Training Log – From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 12 weeks of recommended exercises.

Online Walking Tracker – The Arthritis Foundation Track + React app is a one-stop-shop for keeping track of physical activity and more, such as nutrition and arthritis symptoms. This is an online or smart-phone tool.


Special Considerations

Arthritis Foundation A-Z Disease Center – Look here for information about specific inflammatory diseases, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile arthritis, gout, and others (or NIAMS Info page here) (español)

Pain Management – Arthritis Foundation Pain Center page describes sources of pain and management strategies (español)

Managing Chronic Osteoarthritis – Experts on why it’s important to get proper treatment for chronic pain – from Arthritis Foundation

Fatigue with Arthritis – Fatigue and arthritis often come hand-in-hand.  Learn more about causes and solutions from the Arthritis Foundation (español)

Arthritis and Women – Arthritis affects women at a higher rate. Find out more from the Arthritis Foundation website

Surgical Options – Overview of surgical options for people with arthritis from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (español)


Getting Help

Knee Pain and Physical Therapy – Find out how your physical therapist can help with your knee pain

Knee Replacement and Physical Therapy – Find out how physical therapy can help you prepare for and recover from a knee replacement

Arthritis and Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapists offer practical tips about daily living with arthritis