The Benefits of Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis

“Keep moving” they say. “Regular exercise is essential” they say. But surely that recommendation is not aimed at people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Actually, it is.

Does it surprise you that experts recommend movement for people who live with chronic arthritis pain? Seems counterintuitive, right? Let’s explore the recommendations, as well as why this is not as far-fetched as it seems.

Spoiler alert: There are true benefits associated with regular physical activity and exercise, even or especially for people with RA. For clarity, physical activity is defined as bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles requiring an expenditure of energy. Exercise is included in “physical activity.”

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