Physical activity relieves arthritis, but sedentary living more common
The benefits of physical activity for people with osteoarthritis, the wearing away of cartilage around the joints, include relieving pain and stiffness. Yet pain and stiffness may be a reason why people avoid physical activity. In the US, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that people with chronic conditions, including osteoarthritis, accumulate 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity. How close are people with osteoarthritis to reaching that goal?