Rheumatoid Arthritis: Your 6-Week Exercise Plan for RA
Exercise With Others
Exercising in a class or with friends can help you stay motivated when your get-up-and-go wants to go on strike. Joining a class may help you make some new friends, too, who understand what you're going through.
Through its local chapters, the Arthritis Foundation offers the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, designed especially for with people with arthritis. Taught by certified instructors, classes include aquatics; sitting, standing, and floor exercise at different fitness levels; and tai chi, a type of slow, meditative exercise that helps increase balance and flexibility and prevents falls.
Make Exercise Work for You
The best thing you can do is listen to your body. If you don't feel well enough to bump up your walking pace or distance one week, keep going at the same pace from the week before. If you're not feeling your best, modify an activity. If your joints are swollen or painful, take a day off. Try switching to an activity that is manageable, if possible. The important thing is to keep moving.