For the past year, the pandemic has restricted us from being as mobile as we would like to be, affecting our activity.  To get moving safely, Mystic Valley Elder Services is pleased to offer a fun, easy way to add more steps to your day and feel better about yourself.

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease program is designed to help older adults living with arthritis better manage their pain and for those without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. The program motivates individuals to make walking an important part of everyday life. Shown to reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace, Walk with Ease provides participants with the information and tools they need to develop a safe exercise routine that fits their unique needs and goals.

Staying active can delay arthritis. If may seem counterintuitive, but the more active you are, the more you can delay the progression of arthritis. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Your joints are healthy now, keeping them strong can help to delay the onset of some types of arthritis
  2. Staying physically active can help to ward off the symptoms of arthritis by keeping joints mobile and well lubricated
  3. The more you maintain mobility and function in the joints, the more you may be able to avoid the pain of the disease

This free 6-week program has been developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is being offered in cooperation with Springfield College.  Participants will receive a free Walk With Ease workbook as well as free individual phone or virtual coaching with a physical therapy student for the duration of the program.

Benefits to you by participating in the Walk With Ease program:

  • Motivate yourself to get in great shape
  • Walk safely and comfortably
  • Improve your flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Reduce pain and feel great

If you have arthritis, you know it is a painful disease. It can easily limit movement and cause aches, pains and joint stiffness. However, you can fight it and stave off the disease’s progression. Enlist the support of your friends, family, and caregivers to help keep you active. You will keep your joints well lubricated, reduce pain and swelling, and stay healthier in the long run.

Space is limited for this program so sign up today!  Please make sure you consult with your primary care provider before starting any new fitness program.  To find out more about the criteria and to register for the program, please contact Donna Covelle at [email protected] or 781 388-4867.

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