with Arthritis


Strength Training for a Healthy Life

International physical activity guidelines recommend adults engage in strength training exercises at least twice a week.

Strength training uses resistance to build muscle and includes activities like weightlifting, squats and working with resistance bands. It has been tied to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression and more. Despite these benefits, around 70% of the general population and 86% of people with rheumatoid arthritis do not do this type of exercise on a regular basis.

Individuals living with arthritis face many barriers to participating in strength training. At Arthritis Research Canada, we’re conducting research and developing strategies to help people with rheumatoid arthritis build strength training routines that work for them.

Don’t have rheumatoid arthritis? Don’t worry, the information in this episode can help anyone looking to start a strength training routine.

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Strength training can change lives. Find out how we're working to help people with arthritis build muscle and a regular routine.

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We're examining barriers to strength training to help people with arthritis stay healthy and strong.

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