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Be SMART with Arthritis!


Do you suffer from arthritis? The best way to combat arthritis is to exercise. Remember the acronym SMART:

  • Start low, go slow.

  • Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active.

  • Activities should be “joint friendly.”

  • Recognize safe places and ways to be active.

  • Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist.


Start low, and go slow

When starting or increasing physical activity, start slow and pay attention to how your body tolerates it. You can slowly increase the amount of time you are exercising.


Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active.

Try to modify your activity to stay as active as possible without making your symptoms worse.


Activities should be “joint friendly.”

Choose activities that are easy on the joints like walking, bicycling, water aerobics, or dancing.


Recognize safe places and ways to be active.

For example, walk in an area where the sidewalks or pathways are level and free of obstructions, are well-lighted, and are separated from heavy traffic.


Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist.

We are available here at Alvin Health for your healthcare needs.

Take care of your body, my friends! It’s the only one you get!

Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

For more information go to cdc.gov

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