If you take corticosteroids for your RA, it's a good idea to step up your exercise to help keep your bones strong.
You will also strengthen the muscles that support your joints, so you'll move better. You will also improve your heart health, energy level, mood, balance, and coordination.
It’s simple, free, and you can do it anywhere. A regular walking program strengthens your hip bones, ankles, and knees. To get the most benefits, walk for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. You can break that up into three 10-minute strolls, if you like. Get tips for walking with RA.
You can use exercises with free weights, weight machines, or elastic exercise bands. Do it at a gym or at home with handheld weights, resistance bands, or even soup cans from your cupboard. Aim to do your exercises 2 to 3 days per week. A physical therapist or certified fitness trainer who has experience working with people with RA can get you started. Watch a video on weight-bearing exercises you can do with RA.
It eases stiffness and tension, and some poses also help your bones. Talk to your physical therapist or find an instructor who has taught people with arthritis. Once you know the postures, you can practice at home. Watch a video on yoga poses for RA.
Stationary Bikes and Elliptical Machines
Does RA affect your back and hips? You may want to try a recumbent bike, in which you sit down with your legs stretched in front of you. It may feel better than an upright bike.