Is water therapy a type of resistance exercise for those with RA?

Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, CPT,NASM Elite Trainer
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends water aerobics as a mode of cardiorespiratory training for individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis

Their recommendation for resistance training, also known as strength training is the following:


  1. Circuit training
  2. Free weights
  3. Weight machines
  4. Elastic bands
  5. Isometric exercises

The ACSM recommends one or more sets of 2-3 reps initially, building to 10 repetitions 2-3 days per week.

Hope this is of help to you.


Reference:  ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities - Third Edition

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