How To Keep Moving With RA

Leslie Rott Health Guide
  • Back when I was defending my dissertation, moving to New York and starting an intense academic program, the thing I completely put on the back burner was exercise.


    When I lived in Michigan, I worked out three times a week. After I moved to New York, in four months I worked out as often as I would have in a month in Michigan. Clearly this was not a good thing. 


    So one of my resolutions this year was to get back working out.  Since the New Year, I have been doing so twice a week. In Michigan, I was doing private kickboxing lessons with an instructor once a week, which was a great workout. I was also doing a walk aerobics video twice a week, a two-mile walk and a three- mile walk.

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     My current gym workout routine consists of:

    • 45 minutes walking on treadmill, currently doing a speed that gets me through 2.5 miles in that time
    • 20 jumping jacks
    • 30-second plank on hands
    • 30-second plank on elbows
    • With three-pound weights: 20 bicep curls, 10 airplanes, 10 arm lifts, 10 side to side, and 10 tricep lifts

    At night I add:

    • 50 regular sit ups
    • 20 sit ups with legs up
    • 25 side to side sit ups
    • 5 bridges

    Being that I just got off steroids, having a steady workout routine is an important thing in helping me get my body back in shape.  But it isn’t easy.


     I think the key, though, is to stay active and keep moving, regardless of how strenuous the activity may be. I know there are some people with RA who run and I admire that, but I wasn’t a runner pre-illness. And it’s not really something that I enjoy doing.  So do what works for you, and do it for yourself – not because your doctor tells you that you should. 


    Working out is also something that you can give yourself, that allows you to de-stress and have  a little quality alone time. It is definitely an effort for me to make time for working out, but it is really important for both my physical and mental well-being. 


    If you need some inspiration to help you get back on track, be sure to check out the RA and Exercise video and the slideshow with tips on exercising with RA.


Published On: April 21, 2014