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Do Your Homework

RA can make your joints achy in the morning.

“Stretch around a bit before you get out of bed, and check which joints feel stiff and which ones you want to focus on that day,” Iversen says.

At your next PT session, tell your physical therapist what you felt. She can show you more moves that will help.

If your RA makes you tired, break up your at-home exercise into short chunks. Take it bit by bit. “You can increase how often and how long you exercise as you gain strength, mobility, and flexibility,” Richardson says.

Once you’re done with physical therapy, stay active! You’ll keep those benefits you worked so hard for.