LEARNING OBJECTIVE: This article provides an overview of the key factors necessary to understand why and how exercise should be an integral part of the treatment plan for individuals with arthritis. After reading this article, the fitness professional will be able to design a safe and effective exercise program for clients.
Arthritis is a major health problem in the United States and is the leading cause of disability among Americans over the age of 15. This article provides an overview of the key factors necessary to understand why and how exercise should be an integral part of the treatment program for an individual with arthritis and provides exercise prescription guidelines for the fitness professional.
Cary Wing, Ed.D., has been in the health and wellness field for more than 25 years, and she has been directly involved in the development and management of medically integrated health/fitness centers. She lectures and writes, extensively promoting the medical fitness industry, the medical fitness model, and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Wing served as an executive director of the Medical Fitness Association for 10 years and is currently the director of Business Development for Medical Fitness at Fitmarc.
James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, has been integrally involved in the development of all three editions of ACSM’s Standards and Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facilities and has served as the editor of the Take 10 column in the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal ® since the Journal’s inception.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.