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Exercise and rheumatiod arthritis

08/14/2006

Question:

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?

Answer:

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. 

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Response by:

Patricia A Woellert, MSW, MEd Patricia A Woellert, MSW, MEd
Program Manager
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati