Working Out with Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you are like me and like to eat healthy, then I assume you also like to have some sort of workout regimen planned out as well. Working out with an illness that causes joint pain and muscles aches can be hard  to deal with. This can discourage you, causing you to lose interest and forget about working out altogether. I’ve been there many of times and it’s far beyond frustrating.

See, I personally love weights and heavy lifting. I grew up with six brothers, who loved to workout. When I would see growth in my muscles I would get so excited, showing off my gains. Who was I, fooling I could only do it for so long. After a month of training my body I had a horrible flare up and I was down for about 6 months. So over the years when I wasn’t having a flare up and decided to lift heavy, I notice I would have a flare up. So I became aware that stress on my muscles with the weights were causing wear and tear on my joints.

Since the age of thirteen I, was told that eventually knee replacements would have to happen for me. So, I must avoid making things worse. My knees hurt daily because they are already damaged so I learned to modify my workouts.

Always listen to your body, it talks to you if you pay attention to it. You don’t want to damage your body more than it already is. So if it hurts please stop and never force anything.

I noticed I can’t workout 5-6 times a day ;because it puts too much strain on my bones.  For me 3-4 times a week is more than enough, some can only handle 2-3 days which is great. Most important thing is to stay active, keeping those bones lubricated. Instead of lifting like a cross-trainer I now replace the bar with bands. Bands work just as great and you still build muscle to protect the joints.

I know it is hard to workout during a flare up, but you have to try to do just a few exercises it helps a lot.  Even if it’s just walking back and forth outside a few times, or around the park one time. A little exercise is better than none. I will have to post some of my different exercises I do, when I am in a flare up and when I am not. You can modify them to fit your needs. Look out for those soon !

Remember: Be HELPER to one another 

XOXO, Shawna 

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