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Exercise improves arthritis symptoms

Arthritis should not stop people from participating in exercise programs that may improve their pain and fatigue levels, say experts.

An American study investigated the effects of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, formerly known as PACE, to promote arthritis management through exercise.

Looking at 364 arthritis patients aged an average 70 years, exercise classes twice a week for one hour significantly improved their levels of pain and fatigue at both eight weeks and six months.

The researchers say this indicates that strength training was effective for patients with arthritis.

They added: “Our findings indicate that the 8-week PACE (Arthritis Foundation Exercise) programme is a safe programme for sedentary older individuals with arthritis to start exercising without exacerbating their symptoms.”

Arthritis Foundation