Stay Active With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Hi, I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. A rheumatoid arthritis flare up can put a wrench in your workout routine. So what should you do if you want to stay active? If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to scale back the intensity of your workouts, but you don't have to give up your entire routine. Easy yoga and gentle stretches can help you ease stiffness, and there are a few other tricks you can try.

First, get plenty of rest. Also be sure to use pain relief remedies such as applying cold packs or warm compresses on inflamed joints. Do whatever helps you the most. Try deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation to reduce stress, less stress means lower risk of flare up. You don't want to go longer than two weeks without cardio or three weeks without strengthening exercise above and below the joint.

Movement is like lotion for your affected joints, and strong muscles above and below serve as shock absorbers. So work with your doctor to find the best anti-inflammatory regiment. Pain doesn't have to stop your healthy, active life. For more ways to live healthy, watch all our smart tips, right here.