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Adults With Arthritis Are Side-Stepping the Benefits of Walking

By May 7, 2013

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Walking is considered an appropriate activity for adults with arthritis. Walking is known to improve arthritis symptoms, physical function, gait speed, and quality of life. The CDC analyzed data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine how much arthritis patients were actually walking.

According to the report, despite the known benefits, 53% of arthritis patients didn't walk at all (0 minutes per week), 13.1% walked for 1-89 minutes per week, 5.3% walked for 90-119 minutes per week, 5.6% walked for 120-149 minutes per week, and 23.2% walked 150 minutes per week or more. The May 3, 2013 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also included a state-by-state analysis. A median of 66% adults with arthritis (ranging from 58.0% in California to 76.2% in Tennessee) walked less than 90 minutes per week. The report concluded that while most people with arthritis do no or little walking each week, they should consider starting and maintaining a walking program.

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May 8, 2013 at 10:54 am
(1) Nancy Block says:

I would love to walk, but due to spinal stenosis I really have a hard time and am afraid of falling. My feet and lets get numb or hurt – I have to sit down to cook or do most household chores. I do walk around the house quite a bit, though, and in the stores byusing a cart for suport.

May 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm
(2) BarbL says:

The study should have been broken down regarding what type and where the arthritis is.
I have spinal arthritis and try to walk as much as possible, but have a limit of 1-2 hours of being on my feet before heaviness and numbness set in, along with back stiffness, weakness, and balance problems. I am active, constantly moving, doing own shopping, cooking. Using a cane helps, but isn’t a panacea. I still get tired, although not as quickly,
I can’t help thinking that the same government that’s trying to limit pain meds for pain patients is trying to get them to do more. Maybe have them hike to the doctor’s office to get their medications, thus killing two birds with one stone.

May 24, 2013 at 2:02 am
(3) Joyce Sexton says:

I was walking and I lost 60 pounds but now both of my hips need replaced. They are bone to bone leaving me hardly able to walk at all. I have to use a walker and in pain 24/7. Doctor says sergury is only thing that will help but I must lose 40 pounds first. Anybody have any suggestions on how I might lose the weight since I cant walk or exercise anymore?

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