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What strength exercises are good for rheumatoid arthritis?

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It’s important to work out your muscles to help them stay strong.

If you have swollen joints, isometric exercises hold your muscles in one place and don’t make you move your joints.

If your joints aren’t swollen, isotonic exercises (movements that work against resistance, like weightlifting) are good for building up muscles.

Strength exercises that can help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Abdominal contractions (isometric)
  • Palm press (isometric)
  • Bicep lifts
  • Seated knee lift

SOURCES:

Journal of Aging Research : “Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Best Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Exercise and Arthritis.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Yoga Poses for Arthritis Patients from Johns Hopkins.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Journal of Aging Research : “Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Best Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Exercise and Arthritis.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Yoga Poses for Arthritis Patients from Johns Hopkins.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 20, 2019

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