Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic arthritis that affects approximately 1.3 million Americans. This inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease typically affects weight-bearing joints symmetrically (or on both sides of the body) and most commonly in the knees, hands, wrists, hips, or ankles.
The painful inflammation of the condition can often lead to an overwhelming loss of control and even depression. To help manage the pain, improve quality of life, and take back control, here are fifteen diet and exercise tips to help you manage rheumatoid arthritis…
1. Stick to Low Impact Activities
Doctors recommend low impact exercise to rheumatoid arthritis patients to improve energy, mood, and pain relief in inflamed joints. However, stick to physical activities that are gentle on weight-bearing joints—such as walking, swimming and aqua-aerobics, and cycling on a recumbent bike.