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.
Every now and again, I run into an enthusiastic health professional who opines that I should exercise. I try telling them that exercise makes me flare. "What about range of motion exercises, then?" they chirp optimistically. And that's when I tell them that my life is a range of motion exercise. Severe RA and Physical…