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Are current exercise guidelines too demanding?

Medical News Today—June 26, 2017

Medical News Today reported that the United States Department of Health and Human Services physical guidelines for adults require at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. In the article, HSS rheumatologist Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP discussed his recent study about the benefits of low-impact exercise for older adults with arthritis.

"The study results are consistent with the experience of rheumatologists and with prior studies showing that exercise, even of mild degree, helps with pain. Getting people up and moving does appear to help with mood, pain, and overall functioning," said Dr. Fields.

Dr. Fields added that joints will often stiffen if not used and muscles can weaken if not exercised. "Our bodies are meant to move, and inactivity leads to weakness and stiffness, and joints with arthritis often worsen with inactivity," he said.

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