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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