Living with RA

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help make living with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) easier. Click on the tabs below for tips on exercise, healthy eating, and connecting with others who are living with RA. Don't forget to also give your body the rest it needs.

If you have moderate to severe RA, you might think exercise will aggravate joint pain and stiffness. In fact, an appropriate exercise program, approved by your doctor, can strengthen muscles and their surrounding tissue, helping to ease the stress on your joints. Exercise can also improve your flexibility and mobility, control weight, and help to reduce the risk of other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Talk with your doctor or physical therapist to find the program that’s right for you. It may include the following types of exercise:

Stretching Aerobic Strengthening

Stretching can help increase flexibility. These exercises include:

  • Basic stretches, like touching your toes or reaching for the sky
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi

Low-impact aerobic exercise can help increase your energy and stamina. Some examples include:

  • Aquatic exercise
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Increasing muscle strength helps keep your bones and joints properly positioned and may also increase bone density. To strengthen your muscles, you might try:

  • Lifting light hand weights
  • Using resistance bands
  • Standing in a warm pool and pushing against the water

Whichever exercises you and your doctor decide are right for you, remember to start slowly and only increase your exercise program gradually as your strength and endurance improve. Don’t forget to give your body the rest it needs.

Find more exercise tips at ArthritisToday.com.

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