Walking keeps joints healthy.


Arthritis is the most common disability in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do to keep your joints flexible and strengthen muscles.

Walking the equivalent of an hour cumulative a day (approx 6,000 steps/day or more) may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from a chair difficult. But these study findings equate walking more with better everyday functioning.

For someone with knee arthritis who is just starting to exercise, the study ecommended setting 3,000 steps as a first goal.

Nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The resulting joint pain and stiffness limits movement for 80 percent of arthritis patients, according to background information with the report.