Healthy Living

Working Out with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Health benefits of exercising with RA

Being able to safely exercise is important for overall health. One study actually identified the effects of exercise in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In this scientific review, researchers found that many studies reported increased muscle strength, physical function, and aerobic stamina in rheumatoid patients who engaged in regular exercise. There were also slight improvements in bone density, and others noted a slightly slower progression of joint damage seen on radiographic imaging. 

Using personalized exercise regimens, exercise can make the muscles that support your joints even stronger. This strength is important in keeping bones strong and enhancing the quality of life. Daily exercise is also important to fight other chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Staying fit also helps with maintaining a healthy weight and provides mental health benefits as well.