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What are the benefits of making fitness a regular habit if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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When you make fitness a regular part of your life, the benefits include:

  • Less pain from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stronger bone
  • You’ll move better and have more energy
  • It’s good for your heart and all your other muscles

SOURCES: 

de Jong, Z. , September 2003; vol 48(9): pp 2415-2424.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Hakkinen, A. , March 2001; vol 44(3): pp 515-522.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Hakkinen, A. , March 2004, 16(2): 132-137.  Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Munneke, M., , June 15, 2005; vol 53(3): pp 410-417.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Paffenbarger, R., , March 6, 1986; vol 314(10): pp 605-613.  New England Journal of Medicine

Stenstrom, C., , December 1994; vol 7(4): pp 190-197.  Arthritis Care Research

Van Den Ende, C., , 1998.  Cochrane Database Systematic Review

Westby, M., , July 2001; vol 27(7): pp 1674-1680. Journal of Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES: 

de Jong, Z. , September 2003; vol 48(9): pp 2415-2424.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Hakkinen, A. , March 2001; vol 44(3): pp 515-522.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Hakkinen, A. , March 2004, 16(2): 132-137.  Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Munneke, M., , June 15, 2005; vol 53(3): pp 410-417.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Paffenbarger, R., , March 6, 1986; vol 314(10): pp 605-613.  New England Journal of Medicine

Stenstrom, C., , December 1994; vol 7(4): pp 190-197.  Arthritis Care Research

Van Den Ende, C., , 1998.  Cochrane Database Systematic Review

Westby, M., , July 2001; vol 27(7): pp 1674-1680. Journal of Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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