Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 30, 2017
Harvard Medical School: "5 weight training tips for people with arthritis."<br /> Arthritis Foundation: "Best Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis," "How To Beat Fatigue."<br /> RheumatoidArthritis.org: "Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis."
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Next, power up your muscles with strength training. This can ease pain and reduce stress in your joints. Aim to lift weight at least twice a week.
Finally, make stretching a habit. Warm up for 5 minutes first, then hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds. You'll have less stiffness, more flexibility, and you'll keep your joints moving well.
So, ready to exercise? Talk to your doctor. Once you get started, be sure to rest when your symptoms flare.