Is there some reason that bicycling or pedalling are not recommended for you? At one point my rheumatologist recommended I get an exerciser/pedaller to put in front of my chair and use while watching TV. This is before I admitted to having a stationary bike which was gathering dust.
No matter what, you just really want to avoid high-impact activities which would put too much stress on your joints. Perhaps try adapting your yoga practice to avoid injury. Don't do the things which you know will cause trouble down the line.
I don't know. Just trying to brainstorm.
we do have an excellent post on exercise with RA that may be helpful to you. You're right, swimming is a great option, but if getting there and going home again will wreck you, you have to question how much benefit you'd get out of it. As for yoga, when you have a chronic condition, it is important to learn from an instructor who can adapt the poses for you so you don't hurt yourself. You may want to check out Sara Nash's posts about yoga and RA for more information. As well, tai chi might be a good option for you, as long as you remember that if it hurts, don't do it. Walking can be surprisingly effective, as well. You may also want to ask your family doctor or rheumatologist for a referral to a physical therapist who can help you set up an exercise program that will help you get in shape while protecting your joints.
sorry, forgot linking to that post about exercise and RA.
Give Tai Chi a try as well.
If you need cardio turn on the radio or your favorite upbeat music and dance away. Just modify the movement so you are not jumping around hurting yourself. I have even danced while sitting in a chair in order to get a bit of cardio.
I also have some of those stretchy bands to help tone (not build) my arm muscles.
Modify any exercise you want to do. There is no reason to limit yourself to swimming and whatnot. hell, give all the suggestions a try, Just modifiy.
I exercise but I will tend to do well for a few months but then taper off after a few weeks. It definitly helps my ra when I exercise, but I seem to stay with the trend. I don't have friends any more because I am not able to drive and I can't go and do the things I was once able to do. I once was very active and exercise 4-5 times a week, but now I am too exausted. I don't go outside of home any more to exercise because it is too expensive since I was forced to retire five years ago. There are no support groups where I live. Another lady I know and I tried to get a group started but we had no interest.
hey V, I can understand about the drive when you live in the country, Our YMCA is $347 per year and they have 2 different water classes 1) range of motion 2) water arobics, first one is at 930am and second one at 1030am For us working people that is impossible to do. My doctor suggested to get a portable hot tub and do the range of motion exersise, stretching, and just moving around in it. I looked into the prices and they are not that bad.
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