Juniper Classes

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

A group exercise class for people with arthritis who want to learn safe ways to stay active, reduce pain and move more easily.

Participants in a group class, stretching

About the class

This 24-session class meets twice or three times a week for one hour. This class is a community-based, low impact, recreational exercise program. You’ll: 

  • Practice stretching, breathing, and balance 
  • Control body pain 
  • Learn techniques for boosting energy and mood 
  • Learn ways to keep from falling when out in your community 
  • Increase confidence about staying active and managing arthritis  

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program® is an evidence-based program developed by the Arthritis Foundation in partnership with a multidisciplinary team. Also known as People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE). 

“I have much more energy because of this class. It’s helped me re-engage in life!”
— Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Participant

Benefits of the class

  • Experience less pain  
  • Improve joint function and increase muscular strength 
  • Increase overall sense of well-being and improve quality of life 
  • Provide support and encouragement to your peers 
  • Become more involved in your community and with your neighbors

Who should take the class

This class is for anyone living with an arthritis diagnosis who is interested in becoming more physically active. It is particularly suited for people who: 

  • Have a diagnosis of rheumatoid or osteoarthritis  
  • Suffer from stiffness, fatigue, or arthritis pain 
  • Could benefit from increased physical activity 
  • Feel isolated, lonely, or depressed   

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