HOW TO STAY FIT WITH RA
How To Stay Fit with RA, will help you to work fitness into your day, and help your RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which most usually causes inflammation and pain in the joints. However, there is more than one variety and vital organs can be affected as well.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you might be worried about whether you can indeed workout. The short answer is YES, you can. You must be very cautious with regard to the involved joints whether chronic or acute. Experiencing inflammation on any given day, may limit the amount of work you do that day. The most important thing to do is listen to your body and adjust your movements according. Low impact aerobic exercise or stretching are great ideas.
You might want to work on things like balance and proprioception first off. This is important if you have not done any exercise in a long while. Also, please do not forget to have a chat with your Primary Care Provider first.
Find a full body stretch or a low impact aerobic workout online that you like. There are many chair exercise videos available to adjust for your limitations if necessary. I am always searching the Internet for workouts and they are there in abundance. A good practice would be to do your workout 3 x a week. Rest a day in between always. If on any particular day there is inflammation, skip movements for that joint. You can also modify by limiting the range of motion. On some days, it might be best to eliminate the part of the routine that works the sore inflamed joints. It is ALWAYS worth it to do the rest of your workout. Exercise is always going to be beneficial. The key is to adjust what it is your doing and keep the movement within your limitations.
How to stay fit with RA was written for one of my first readers. It would be remiss to not mention to her, or you, the HUGE benefits of walking if you are able. If you do not require a walking aid, you can swing your arms. Also, pull the bellybutton in, square off your shoulders and turn your walk into a complete body workout. Concentrate on your body’s position while you walk. Even with a walker, cane etc. the benefits of a slow walk are great. You will feel better afterwards (walk inside if weather or routes create any dangerous conditions please).
When I worked out at a gym, I never used a treadmill and watched TV at the same time. It is important to be focused on good body position for an optimal workout and for the sake of safety. If you are not walking with a strong core body you are leaving yourself open to injury.
I have worked out with clients, trained people with RA, also osteoarthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other illnesses. How to stay fit with RA and other diagnoses is similar, but not always the same. I am happy to give you more SPECIFIC guidance if you reach out by email and begin a conversation. Specific instruction without detailed information about my client’s health would be a reckless thing to give.
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