Exercise for Rheumatoid arthritis?
March 15, 2010 8:38pm CST
What is the best type of exercise advised to patients with rheumatoid arthritis? Please include the rationale.
• United States
31 Aug 11
I have a rare form of ankylosing spondylitis, which causes similar pain to my joints. Water exercise, bicycling (even recumbent biking) and yoga have all been recommended for most cases. I have also heard that some can tolerate the elliptical. For those who want to run (especially former runners), I have heard that aquajogging is very helpful! Also for those who are rendered immobile. A therapy pool, where the water is warmed significantly, can help relieve joint pain and can allow one to stretch and get exercise. Many people in my support group have found these in senior centers and are permitted to sign up for its use based on their illness. They also say that they feel SO incredibly welcomed by the older members. I am 33 and am considering it!