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Exercise more and live longer

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1 February 2013

Exercise more and live longer

Arthritis New Zealand welcomes the Ministry of Health’s recommendations that elderly New Zealanders should exercise more, and it’s a message we promote to those with arthritis.

“Arthritis can make everyday tasks challenging, but regular and appropriate physical activity can help improve pain tolerance, mood and quality of life for people who are living with arthritis. And a suitable programme of physical activity is possible for people of all ages”, said Chief Executive Sandra Kirby. Tai Chi, hydrotherapy, walking and exercise recommended by a physiotherapist are all valuable. But it needs to be fun. Exercise will also help manage your weight and reduce the strain placed on joints

Ms Kirby was commenting the Ministry’s new guidelines, which recommend that people over 65 undertake 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times a week.

“There are many benefits of exercise for people with arthritis. As well as reducing pain and stiffness we know that exercise helps people sleep better, builds stronger bones and helps your mood.”

Arthritis New Zealand is a national organisation raising awareness of the more than 140 different forms of arthritis, advocating for those with the condition and providing advice and support.

There are over 530,000 New Zealanders living with arthritis.

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