Move More Sit Less
Written by Lynne Feehan, Lead, Clinical Research, Rehabilitation Program

Did you know that moving more and sitting less is one of the ‘best medicines’ for reducing joint pain and improving function in people living with arthritis?

Research has shown that sitting for longer periods during the day is linked with:

  • Higher blood pressure
  • Higher resting blood glucose
  • Higher risk of chronic disease
  • Higher levels of inflammatory markers

On the other hand, physical activity (even light activity) helps not only manage your joint health, but also your general health including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, some cancers, anxiety and depression, and many other health conditions.

If you would like to learn about how the studies led by Dr. Linda Li, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, may help you, your friends or family members to ‘move more and sit less’, visit the Current Projects section of the UBC Faculty of Medicine" website

Some of these studies are taking place in Fraser Health where Dr. Lynne Feehan, lead clinical research in the rehabilitation program and co-investigator, is working with several Fraser Health physiotherapists who are being trained to support these studies as 'activity coaches'. Study participants receive support from the activity coaches, combined with a new digital application that pairs with a wireless activity tracker (Fitbit Flex) to visualize daily activity patterns to help individuals living with arthritis to find opportunities to ‘move more’ (be more physically active) and ‘sit less’ (break up sitting activities) throughout their day.

For more information about participation in the studies, please contact Morgan Barber, study coordinator, at 604-207-4027 or by email mbarber@arthritisresearch.ca.


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