A new study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that physical activity is one of the best ways for individuals who suffer from arthritis to improve their health. The researchers also found that this is a common hobby among many of these people.
The research showed more than half of the women and 40 percent of the men are classified as inactive, which can decrease their health dramatically.
"Even though they have joint disease, patients need to be reminded that physical activity is actually good for them," said Dorothy Dunlop, professor of medicine at Feinberg and lead author of the study. "People with arthritis should be as physically active as possible, even if they accomplish less than the recommended levels. When it comes to physical activity, there is good evidence that the benefits far outweigh the risks and being inactive is especially detrimental to health."
Those elderly individuals who are battling arthritis may want to think about moving into a retirement community, which can provide services to make sure that retirement is comfortable, active and engaging.