Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can have a very serious impact on a person’s life and well-being, and can be a crippling and inevitable part of growing old. One of the best ways of keeping RA at bay is to exercise regularly to keep the joints in use and supple. Simple low-impact exercises can keep you from developing RA.
Getting plenty of exercise should become an important part of your daily regimen and it can take you a long way in coping with RA. It can make you more flexible, help alleviate joint pain and stiffness, boost your endurance, and improve your sleep too. A good exercise regimen for older people coping with or hoping to prevent RA should include stretching, light aerobic exercises, and strengthening routines.
Aerobic exercise can be very useful in dealing with RA. It is not only good for staying healthy but can also be very good for the heart (patients of RA can be at a higher risk of heart disease). Aerobic exercise helps keep blood pressure under check and has been known to improve cholesterol levels too.
Another great way to beat RA is by swimming. Swimming is excellent exercise for the whole body, as it exercises almost all the joints in the body, and also helps strengthen the muscles in your back. But it is important to remember to not stress yourself to omuch. If you have not been a regular swimmer, start by swimming only for a few minutes (if possible, in a heated pool). Over a period of time, gradually increase your swimming time to about half-an-hour.
One of the highly recommended alternate exercise regimes is Tai Chi. The movements in this Asian form of exercise are very gentle, making it easy on the muscles. They help strengthen the joints, and do not strain them. Even as Tai Chi acts as a physical exercise regimen, its meditative and relaxing technique helps improve the energy flow within the body. According to practitioners, this is very effective in helping prevent diseases and even managing pain.
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