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Physical Activity Guide

All movement involves our joints. When living with arthritis, joint symptoms like pain, stiffness and swelling can impact many aspects of daily life. Taking care of joint health, moving properly, and strengthening muscles surrounding the joints are top priorities in any arthritis treatment plan.

Visit the sections below to discover what counts as physical activity, how it can help with arthritis pain, and how to get moving and stay active. There is also a curated list of arthritis-friendly exercise resources that you can re-visit for ideas on how to get started.

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Learn about physical activity and how it can help you manage arthritis. 

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Learn how physical activity can help improve arthritis pain.

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Explore tips to create a personalized physical activity plan that works for you.

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Learn about different types of physical activities you might enjoy.

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Get started with physical activity with these arthritis-friendly exercise resources. 

This physical activity resource was developed and last reviewed in November 2023 with expert advice from:

Dr. Jasmin Ma, PhD, P.Kin, CIFT (ACSM)
Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
Clinician Investigator, Arthritis Research Canada

with support from
Caitlin Chiu
School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia