Why It’s So Crucial To Stay Active With Rheumatoid Arthritis
When you have an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), what you do every day can majorly impact your joints and your level of pain.
While treatment and medications will vary from patient to patient, doctors typically tell people living with RA to get regular activity since it’s been shown to reduce arthritis-related joint pain and delay disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically recommends that RA patients strength train twice a week and do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio (think: fast walking, swimming, and running) weekly.
But let’s be real: It’s one thing to hear that exercise can help, and another to actually do it when you’re not feeling your best. To help you stick to a routine, we asked three women living with RA how they stay active on the regular.
Find movement you enjoy, and do what you can.
Rheumatoid arthritis advocate Eileen Davidson, who blogs at ChronicEileen.com, says she makes working out at home a priority to help combat her RA symptoms. She tends to use an elliptical but also likes going for brisk, long walks and doing pilates and yoga videos on YouTube. “I just do the moves I can do.” Davidson says.