Moving with Arthritis FAQs

Whether you are just starting out with exercise or want to find something more challenging, this website links you to a range of exercise programs for different fitness and capability levels. All of which are suitable for people with arthritis. The programs are delivered through external organisations, including our state and territory affiliate offices.


The programs include face-to-face in person programs, home-based programs and programs delivered online or via mobile phone apps to suit individual exercise needs and preferences.


If you find a program you would like to try, visit the program’s website link to find out more information, view their exercise videos or download their app.


Our tools and information resources provide more information on why exercise is recommended for arthritis and tips to help you get started. We also have resources that can help manage pain to support you moving more.


If you are unsure where to begin, take our short quiz to receive recommended resources and exercise programs based on your fitness level, location and preferences. Some are specifically designed for people with certain types of arthritis like osteoarthritis or ankylosing arthritis. Others are more general and may be suitable for most types of arthritis.

Research has found that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis. It can help to improve mobility and flexibility of joints, muscle strength, posture, balance and your ability to function and decrease pain, fatigue, muscles tension and stress. On top of the physical benefits, regular movement can improve your mental health and wellbeing and improve sleep. 


All the exercise programs listed on the website are considered safe and appropriate for people with arthritis, with most programs designed specifically for people living with arthritis.  If you’re not sure what type or level of exercise is right for you, check with a healthcare professional. 

The website has been developed in consultation with experts including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, rheumatologists and people living with arthritis.


The programs and resources listed on the website have been designed by experts and are based on evidence have gone through a vetting process to ensure they are appropriate for people with arthritis. 

Many of the programs on the website are free. However, some of the programs do cost money, depending on the length and type of program. You can find the cost of the exercise program next to its description. 

We understand that you may be worried that starting an exercise program may make your arthritis symptoms worse. However, research has shown that exercise is an effective treatment for arthritis that can make a long-lasting positive difference.   We discuss this and other barriers people with arthritis may face when starting an exercise routine. You can read more in our myth-busting section on the website.

It is advisable to speak with your GP or rheumatologist before starting any new type of exercise program. Your doctor can assess you and suggest appropriate forms of physical activity or exercise that are safe for you to do. 


A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist is a trained exercise professional who can help you when starting a new exercise routine. They can assess your ability and recommend exercises suitable for you and ensure you perform them safely. They can help monitor your progress and alter the program to suit your needs. 

We would love to hear your feedback to help us know what resources have helped you and what you would like to see on the website. You can provide feedback by going to Contact Us and completing the feedback form.