The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility, range of motion and maintain muscle strength. While the program is designed specifically for those with arthritis, anyone can participate.
People who have arthritis can benefit greatly from regular, moderate exercise through this gentle, effective program. The exercises that are done in these classes reduce joint pain and stiffness, build strong muscle around the joints, and increase flexibility and endurance. It reduces inflammation from arthritis and related conditions.
During the two one hour classes, participants will:
- help increase joint flexibility and range of motion
- help maintain muscle strength
- reduce pain
- increase balance
- increase mobility
The classes are taught by instructors who undergo special Arthritis Foundation instructor-training workshop conduct classes.
Participants previously enrolled in the program have experienced such benefits as increased functional ability, increased self-care behaviors, decreased pain and decreased depression.