CDC advises walking to relieve arthritis pain

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By Alexandria Autrey

SALT LAKE CITY – According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is possible to rid arthritis pain by walking throughout the week.

“It’s amazing how many ways walking helps… Walking relieves back and joint pain by improving blood flow and strengthening muscles.  It also lowers blood pressure, heart attack and stroke risk, and strengthens bone to reduce the risk of osteoporosis,” said Christine Weiss, spokeswoman for the Utah Arthritis Program.

A recent report from the CDC found that 50 percent of Utahns with arthritis get no physical activity during a given week.

“This report is concerning because people with arthritis who don’t move much are at far greater risk for being injured and even disabled,” said Rebecca Castleton, UDOH Arthritis Program Coordinator.

The CDC recommends low-impact activities like walking, dancing, biking, swimming and water aerobics. Experts say adults should aim for 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes per day, five days a week.  If 30 minutes seems overwhelming, breaking it up into two or three, 10- to 15- minute sessions throughout the day works wonders for many people.