Is exercising with RA safe? Will it be painful? Will it worsen the condition of the joints? How should stiffness and fatigue be addressed? An RA patient needs to keep these factors, among many others, in mind while exercising. That said, diet and exercise are vital to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, a factor which can help control symptoms and progression of the disease.
At my most recent visit to the rheumatologist, I was instructed to eat as much as 11 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. I said, “wow, that sounds like a lot!” My doctor’s response was that it was not as much as you might think when 1/2 cup counts as a serving. Counting full and half cups of fruits and…