Many Arthritis Patients Inactive Despite Benefits of Exercise

More than two of five adults with rheumatoid arthritis were physically inactive at the start of a clinical study, researchers reported.

Inactivity was associated with a lack of strong motivation for physical exercise and a disbelief in the benefits of activity, according to Jungwha Lee, PhD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues.

On the other hand, pain was not associated with inactivity, Lee and colleagues reported online in Arthritis Care & Research.

The findings – from baseline data collected for a randomized clinical trial of an exercise intervention – suggest targets for public health officials and doctors treating patients with the condition, Lee and colleagues argued.

“Our results suggest that public health initiatives need to address the lack of motivation to exercise and promote the benefits of physical activity to reduce the prevalence of inactivity” in rheumatoid arthritis patients, Lee said in a statement.

“While there is much evidence of the benefits of physical activity, (rheumatoid arthritis) patients are generally not physically active,” Lee said, adding that “physicians often do not encourage regular physical activity in this patient population.”


Read the full article here.


One thought on “Many Arthritis Patients Inactive Despite Benefits of Exercise

  1. Thanks for sharing this valuable information! It is so important that people who suffer from arthritis stay active. One of my closest friends has RA, and it is so heartbreaking to see. Especially at such a young age! Despite the affect that it has on her every day life, she maintains the mindset that she needs to stay active.

    I also work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government medicare at It is hard for them to stay active at times but I always encourage them to do so! I will definitely be visiting this blog more often, thanks again for posting.

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