I would like to start back exercising, any workouts or type of exercise work for you and RA?

I would like to start back exercising ... Any workouts or type of exercise work for you and RA? #
Alyssa Bruce
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Water aerobics are great if that's available.

Debbie Arredondo
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Yoga

Suzie Dawkins
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Yoga and recumbent bike

Annette Rangel
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Hey alyssa! I'm a kinesiologist and personal trainer with RA and I would highly recommend an appropriately applied strength training routine to provide support for your joints. It's an often overlooked aspect of training and many worry it's "dangerous" but I can assure you if you're taught proper technique from a trained professional, it will 100% help!

Of course, we must be aware of our bodies capabilities, which can vary day by day.... So if something hurts, don't do it. If I'm in a flare, I modify my exercises accordingly.

Yoga is helpful too to maintain proper mobility and flexibility of the muscles and joints.

Strength + yoga = AWESOME, healthy, happy body!

Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions you may have!

Meaghan Simmons
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Do you think that a total gym is good for weight training or do you recommend free weights? I’m in the process of “regrouping” and figuring out a new plan. I don’t really want to go to the gym and am trying to identify some reasonable alternatives. I used to regularly go to yoga but my yoga studio was sold and am not trying yoga at home—not quite the same since I really liked the hot yoga classes.

Maria Sherwood 3 years

Thank you!

Alyssa Bruce 3 years

Meaghan Simmons i used to follow Jamie Easin’s Live Fit trainer but was in constant oain. İ finalky stopped and then found out i had RA. İs there a recommended weight limit if yuu have RA?

Darlene Winter 3 years

Youtube has great workouts, I really like Hasfit, they have a very large amount of beginners ones on there.

Mary Alvarez 3 years

Sounds amazing! How would one find a "you" in our area(s)?

Kathleen Shipman 3 years
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Spin class. It really helps, I put thick towels on the handle bards if hands hurting.

Mo Morgan Nicholas
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Yoga and Swimming

Zulema Rossi
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Hot yoga, swimming, cycling, Tai Chi..

Yoli Cisneros
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Hot yoga, pilates, walking, aqua aerobics

Kay Moyer
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I have begun training with weights. Really helping me get stronger x

Janet Hammond
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water aerobics is great I suffer withC. M.T. With my RA. The water helps from tot much pressure on my joints

Kym Lay
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Yoga

Lisa Pollock
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I can't believe nobody has mentioned an elliptical trainer yet. It's like running but with no impact. My rheumatologist actually recommended it to me and it's been my best friend now for 20 years or so. Sometimes I have to drag myself out of bed barely able to walk and ten minutes on it gets me limbered up a bit. 30 minutes is a great workout. For me it's a godsend having it in my house cause many days I couldn't get myself together enough without it to be able to get dressed and out of the house to a gym.

Angie Watts
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Swimming is my other favorite, pure weightless delight and my underwater body feels so much stronger and more flexible than my out of water body, wish I was a fish. (Especially because fish don't have knees, ankles, wrists, elbows... Oh what a glorious life...) Unfortunately up here in Massachusetts swimming is only an option a few months a year. If I'm ever granted my wish to become a fish I will have to move south. Until then I my elliptical trainer in my living room. (It probably wouldn't help me much as a fish but I'd be ok with that.)

Angie Watts
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I love the elliptical, not hard on your joints but great cardio

Daniella Louis
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Start off with good old walking outside, it’s amazing just getting that everyday makes me feel great, also if you have access to a pool water aerobics was great when I could afford it

Jennifer Burrell
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Yoga and walking

Tess Coates
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I practice and teach yoga. It's been my saving grace. Even in a full blown flare barely able to uncurl my fingers I was still able to practice vinyasa style yoga with minimal modifications. I bought something called "yoga jellies" (silicone disks) I used under my palms since I couldn't flatten my hands in down dog. If you're going to go to a yoga studio I'd start with a beginner or gentle class and tell the instructor about your disease. Any good yoga instructor will be glad to help you modify anything that isn't comfortable for you. Yoga isn't about forcing or handstands it's about connecting with yourself, letting go of your ego, building strength in your mind and body and finding your own place.

Heather Bateman
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Try yoga and you can even do it on your bed if you cant get down on the floor. Helps flexibility and circulation.

Susan Rudolph
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Bikram yoga

Lisa Duran
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Pilates helped me

Zaniya Rivas
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Pilates!

Kelli Hollis
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It wasn’t too much that’s my problem also is with my wrist the ones the involves the wrist i do an alternate i do the Pilates from daily burn

Zaniya Rivas
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Swimming

Josephine Corbin
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I do beginners Pilates and Total Body Conditioning for the 55+ even though I am still not there yet. Love it!

Marilisa Eubanks
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Swimming

Katie Michael
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Reformer Pilates on the machines this is great!

Meaghan Schwartz
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Walking every day even if u have to use a walker

Marie Wesley
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I demonstrate a few exercises on my YouTube channel “Intellightenment “
Check em out, maybe they’ll be helpful.

Leondra Pratt
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Use an exercise bike and elyptical

Karen Chang
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