Exercises For All Levels of RA
Rheumatoid arthritis also known as RA affects every individual differently.When living with RA a person should try to remain physically active. These are some exercise options for whatever level of RA you might be experiencing.
Rheumatoid arthritis also known as RA affects every individual differently.When living with RA a person should try to remain physically active. Remaining physically active is not limited to going to the gym, running, lifting weights or high endurance training. When you think of physical activity it is important to reframe it, find the best exercises within your limits.These are some exercise options for whatever level of RA you might be experiencing.For Lene Andersen simply moving inside her house can be considered physically active. Activities like making a cup of tea, taking care of a pet, and turning on the are range of motion exercises that can be done to keep you active throughout the day.You’re probably as frustrated with ziplock bags as I am but they get your fingers moving. For Vanessa Collins, her ability to exercise has been greatly limited due to joint damage. In the summer, she swims in an above ground pool. When swimming isn’t an option she prefers to walk. She requires a cane with an offset handle, which is very important for those who have problems with their wrist and hands. It’s not only good for your body to exercise but it’s good for your heart and soul. Lisa Emrich lives with Moderate RA and MS. With both of those diseases it is very important to stay strong and flexible. For Lisa, this means taking a gentle yoga class at her local hospital. One of the things they do in class is modify different postures and routines. This is a modified versions of the sun salutation. She also enjoys playing piano which helps keep her fingers moving.For Leslie Rott, living with mild-to-moderate RA allows her to try more challenging exercises. Even though she has learned to fight through the pain, the fatigue can be very hard to battle. Her exercise routine consists of kickboxing, a walking aerobics video, and nightly crunches. She does kickboxing every other week, and in the past has been able to do it once a week. Other times she has to take time off due to injuries and flares as a result of her RA.But of course all of it is dependent on how I am feeling, there are time I can do all of it or can’t do any of it. Cathy Kramer has Mild RA, two years ago she was able to add weights back to her workout as her RA improved. She likes to do resistance training that works lots of muscle groups at one time. On the weekends her and her family enjoy bike riding together. CK Sound bitesOn my bad days I would imagine myself paddling my bike as a way to motivate myself to get out of bed.I went from no riding to short rides to the pool, to now I can do 10 miles bike rides through hilly forest preserves with my family. And finally the single most important exercise to Cathy is walking. It gets her joints moving in the morning. Listening to your body and focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t. Each person living with RA must talk to a doctor before starting any fitness program.for more information visit us at healthcentral.com