Joint pain coupled with other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may be a big barrier to getting regular exercise. “This decreased activity level in people with rheumatoid arthritis actually results in reduced muscle strength and ultimately can lead to increased arthritis pain and disability,” says Hareth Madhoun, a rheumatologist at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.
But guess what? Getting regular exercise can actually help ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Madhoun agrees: “People who exercise have improved daily function, decreased depression and fatigue, reduced pain, and improved sleep.”
If you've been using joint pain and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as an excuse not to exercise, it's time you start using it as your reason to get exercising instead! Read on for four straightforward exercises to banish joint pain and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Three simple exercises that experts recommend for joint pain and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Walking is one of the best exercises because you can do it almost anywhere and it’s easy on your joints. What’s more, walking does more than just soothe your sore joints
– according to Craig Hensley, a physical therapist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, it improves your heart health, too. This is very beneficial because rheumatoid arthritis
increases your risk for heart disease
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#2: Cycling and spinning
“Particularly for people with arthritis, the smoother motion of cycling minimises the jolting of traditional jogging,” says Brian LaMoreaux, a rheumatologist at Wexner Medical Center. “Unfortunately, some people with rheumatoid arthritis may have hand damage that can limit their ability to participate in cycling,” he adds. If you don’t have bad hand damage, go cycling outdoors a few times a week.
Swimming cools down your joints and stretches your muscles, whether you swim laps or do water aerobics classes. Madhoun adds that swimming along with other aerobic exercises like walking or cycling also helps control weight, improve sleep
, enhance mood and boost overall health. Hensley recommends doing aerobic exercise like swimming to five times per week for 30 to 60 minutes per time.
Make sure you add these three easy exercises that relieve joint pain
and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to your exercise plan ASAP!
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