You can try out the program as guest if you wish. We do recommend creating a personal login account which offers a number of benefits including:

  • bookmarks, so you can stop and start at your convenience, always returning to where you left off
  • the ability to see what chapters you have completed
  • saved quiz results for later reference

We hope you enjoy using this learning module. Feedback is always welcome at info@arthritis.ca


Huey Lewis & The News may not have known it, but they were talking about the benefits of good posture on your energy levels. Here are some quick tips to keep you feeling ‘hip’:

  • Support yourself: When working at a desk, sit in a comfortable chair that supports your lower and mid back (with the backrest in the small of your back), as well as your thighs and buttocks.

  • Stay close…but not too close: Make sure the chair is a comfortable distance from the computer. Your elbows should be at a relaxed 90-degree angle to the keyboard, and your back should be straight.

  • Square up: Sit upright with square shoulders. Your shoulders should be relaxed but not slumped. Your hips and knees should be at 90 degrees.

  • Be grounded: Adjust the height of your chair if necessary so your feet are flat on the floor – you don’t want them dangling. If you can’t lower your seat, use a footrest: your hips should be slightlyhigher than your knees, so make sure your footrest isn’t too high.

  • No tilt: The chair seat should be level, or sloping slightly upwards at the front – never downwards!

  • Be well armed: Check that your armrests are at the right height – if you have to hunch your shoulders then the armrests are too high, but if your elbows don’t reach then they’re too low.

  • Keep it moving: Change your body position often. For example, stand up or stretch if you have been sitting. If you need to, use a timer to remind yourself to switch positions.

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For a quick and easy way to learn about arthritis and fatigue and to get some practical tips to help increase your energy, participate in our interactive online program whenever and wherever is most convenient for you..

Being tired, low in energy or fatigued is a common problem with arthritis and other chronic conditions. It can make it difficult to concentrate or deal with pain and sometimes it can make you feel helpless. Fatigue may be a sign that something is wrong. Taking action to increase your energy and minimize your fatigue will help you feel better and get back to active living.

"This online course about managing fatigue is an excellent and very convenient and accessible way to improve your quality of life – right from the comfort of your home - so not increasing your fatigue! Each module helps you, step by step, learn about fatigue and how to assess your activities to make positive changes in your day to day routines to function better with less frustration."

— Ilene, occupational therapist with extensive experience in the management of arthritis

Credits: Photo courtesy of CAAWS - Mariann Domonkos Photography

There are 7 chapters in total. Each chapter is independent and presents different information related to fatigue. We recommend you start with the first Chapter, but it is really up to you if you’d like to do all the Chapters or pick and choose the ones that best meet your needs.

The overall program will help you to:
  1. Explain the concept of fatigue and the major factors that contribute to fatigue.
  2. Identify factors that contribute to your fatigue.
  3. Track the source of your fatigue.
  4. Explain techniques and strategies to help reduce your fatigue.
  5. Create an action plan to help reduce your fatigue.
  6. Take steps to help you reduce your fatigue.

The Chapters are:
  1. Fatigue and Arthritis
  2. Physical Activity and Exercise
  3. A Healthy Diet
  4. Balance Activities
  5. A Good Night’s Sleep
  6. Dealing with Depression
  7. Chronic Pain Management

Disclaimer: This e-learning module about fatigue is designed to help you make informed decisions about self-management and is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual. Through this module and linkages to other sites, The Arthritis Society provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this e-learning module, or through linkages to other sites, is for adults only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. The Arthritis Society is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.