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    1. Arthritis-Friendly Workouts to Keep You Moving

      Aerobic exercise -- like swimming, using cardio machines at the gym, or simply going for a brisk walk -- is not only possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s good for you, too. It's great for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better Makes everyday activities easier Lifts you

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    2. Strength Training for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “I recommend [it] across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT, a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Make it a habit, and

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    3. Flexibility Exercises to Help Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      You can do gentle moves to ease pain, avoid injuries, and improve your balance. They help your joints work well. There are two basic types of flexibility exercises. Stretches keep your muscles elastic, which helps you move your joints more easily. Range-of-motion exercises keep your joints moving th

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    4. Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

      When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise. “I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalg

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    5. Why Yoga Can Be Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Regular exercise makes a big difference when you have rheumatoid arthritis. "It's important to keep muscles strong to support the joints, and movement is important to reduce stiffness," says Susan J. Bartlett, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Yoga can be a fu

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    6. Stress and RA: How to Stay in Control

      Hilary Wilson of Duluth, Ga., now 60, was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or RA in 1987, but she is pretty sure she had the inflammatory arthritis long before that. RA is a chronic disease, marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to chronic joint pain, loss of

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    7. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy - taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life. "You s

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    8. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

      If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of indoor cycling classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to dr

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    9. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

      It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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    10. OA: Treatment Overview

      Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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