Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a difficult struggle and can affect the wellbeing of the entire family. Your doctor is your greatest ally in your fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis, but you are also your greatest ally as well, as there are many ways you can help yourself. Read below on ways to improve your condition to make it as manageable as possible and live your life to the fullest.
When you have joint stiffness and pain, it makes even the thought of exercising daunting and counterintuitive. But you are going to want to try to stay as active as possible because it will help to lessen the symptoms and more importantly decrease the potential for longer-term problems.
Here are some types of very helpful exercises that won’t make your condition worse. If while doing any of these exercises and they are too painful stop doing them and consult your doctor. In fact, you will want to consult your doctor any time you start any kind of a new routine just to make sure you two are on the same page. Think of yourselves as a team.
- Stretching – Either when you wake up in the morning, before bed, or before a workout get in a nice stretch. Most people in general do not stretch enough and for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis it is even more important. Try to stretch to warm up your muscles and after your workout to cool them down.
- Strength Training – You can use light weights, resistance bands, or workout machines. You will want to be conservative with the amount of weight you use. Start low and work your way up. Again, if you experience any pain while doing this stop. Talk with your doctor or physical therapist before starting again. In fact if you have a physical therapist they can give you a customized workout routine tailored just for you.
- Aerobics – The idea here is keeping your heart strong by riding a bike, swimming, running or even walking. Anything that gets your heartbeat pumping is great. Other types of things like treadmills and stationary bikes are useful as well. I will put a link at the end of this article on some useful equipment.
Diet is such an important aspect for everyone’s health, particularly when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Scientists and doctors are finding out more and more just how important diet is and its incredible role it plays in our lives.
There are no proven diets that work with Rheumatoid Arthritis, so if there is one that claims to be a magical solution, they are not telling you the truth. However, it’s important to eat a balanced and healthy diet when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis because it helps with weight loss which puts less stress on your joints, and try to cut back on the alcohol if you are taking any medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Stress, believe it or not can make Rheumatoid Arthritis worse. Everyone is different when it comes to dealing with stress, but a few helpful examples are things like talking to a psychologist, breathing exercises, meditation, support groups, yoga, taking time during the day to just relax, and certain medications. Talk with your doctor about medications that may help with your stress.
Helpful supports, equipment, and braces that will help with Rheumatoid Arthritis:
VQ ActionCare Resistance Chair and add-ons:
These products help in a number of ways including staying active in a safe and controlled environment and offer a whole slew of additions you can make to it. For instance if you just want the chair for a full upper body workout, or the Shoulder Stretcher or the SmoothRider II which gives you the capability for a full aerobic workout. If you have any questions about any of these products please feel free to e-mail us or give us a call 24/7 where someone is always standing by to be there for you!
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