Get Moving! Keeping your RA at Bay

Get Moving! Keeping your RA at Bay

My kids recently got Just Dance Kids for the Wii, and they’ve been dancing up a storm!  …Okay, you got me.  I’ve been cutting the rug right along with them.  And guess what?  It feels great!

I’ve been a lot more limber and less stiff, and what’s changed?  I’m moving my arms, legs, shoulders, elbows…everything’s loosening up!

So my challenge to you is to Get Up and Move!

I know, I know.  When your joints are stiff, your whole body aches, and every step is painful the last thing you want to do is exercise.  I’ve felt that.  Often.  But I’ve also learned that it helps to get moving.

Try to exercise at least a little bit every day.  Some days it may be all you can to stretch.  So stretch!  Then challenge yourself, and strike a yoga pose or two along with that.

Other days you may take a short walk.  I’m telling you even a little movement helps.  I  enjoy walking my daughter to school in the morning, because even though it may hurt, that short walk is often enough to relieve some of my morning stiffness.

The Key is to Listen to Your Body

Now of course I’m going to challenge you to gradually work your way up to a longer and more difficult work-out session. But before you get moving too much, please remember to listen to your body.  This is important for everyone, but especially for those of us lucky folks with rheumatoid arthritis.

It can take a few minutes to work out your stiffness, but if you’ve been exercising for a while and then start to hurt, change things up, take a break, or pat yourself on the back and call it a day.  Don’t push yourself so hard that you cause a flare up.  Exercising is supposed to make you feel good.  Listen to your body, and trust me–it will.

Stretch it Out

I’m a firm believer in stretching.  I do it all through out the day.  When I wake up, I go through a routine even before I even get out of bed.  When I’ve been sitting for a long time, I stand up and stretch.  All throughout the day I try to get that extra movement in my joints.  To me, it’s a must to get and keep me feeling well.

Get Up and Move!

Remember, a little bit is better than nothing at all.  Even a little movement can help improve the way you feel–your body and your attitude.

So climb on the elliptical, get out and go for a walk, swim laps, attend a water aerobics class, pop in a yoga video, bounce on the rebounder, search “tai chi” on youtube, or if you really want to have some fun, play Just Dance with your kids.  The possibilities are endless.  Fit a few minutes (or longer) of exercise into your day.  I’ve felt the benefits of exercise–more energy, less stiff, positive attitude–and I know you will too.

So what are you waiting for?  Get up and move!