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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Exercise and Fitness
Exercise and rheumatiod arthritis
I have very active and uncontroled RA. None of my medications have worked yet. I asked my doctor about lifting light weights. He told me not to push myself. I walk 30 minutes a day. But I wants to lose some weight. Some days I can walk 30 minutes and it will not bother me other days it will send me into a flare. What exercise can I do besides swimming that is easy on my joints?
After you consult your physician, you may want to consider bike riding. Stationary bicycles are a good option. Recumbent (sit-down) bicycles are very comfortable and a good start. Start slow and be aware of how your condition responds to the activity. Bike riding is a good aerobic, non-weight bearing, activity.
Patricia A Woellert, MSW, MEd
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati