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Water exercise for RA - member52859  - 01-27-2012 10:06 AM

Exercise can be very painful when you have RA, but you need to exercise to keep the joints mobile and strengthen your muscles. Exercising in water is one way to exercise without pain, as the water supports your joints. Also, it provides a measure of resistance, so exercising in water can actually be more effective than exercising on dry land.

Check out aqua aerobics sessions in your locality. I find I can keep going much longer when the water is supporting my body, and I have a swim afterwards, which exercises all the main muscle groups. Have you tried aqua aerobics?


Water exercise for RA - member11935  - 01-31-2012 12:17 PM

I have tried it and it is one of the few ways for me to really be active no matter how I feel. I can be having a flare and I know that when I get into the water, I'll feel much better about moving.

BTW, it seems that you are familiar with water exercises so I have to ask why you are asking? Are you looking for something better? I was somewhat confused by the nature of your post.



Water exercise for RA - member52859  - 02-01-2012 05:22 PM

(01-31-2012 12:17 PM)alicejn962 Wrote:  I have tried it and it is one of the few ways for me to really be active no matter how I feel. I can be having a flare and I know that when I get into the water, I'll feel much better about moving.

BTW, it seems that you are familiar with water exercises so I have to ask why you are asking? Are you looking for something better? I was somewhat confused by the nature of your post.

No, it was more to make people aware of how helpful exercising in water can be. I know several people who go for hydrotherapy sessions, and say it helps, yet they are unwilling to try water exercise alone, until I pass on my personal experiences and assure them of the benefits. I'm certainly not looking for anything better - I don't think there is a better form of exercise for people with RA.






RE: Water exercise for RA - member12204  - 06-25-2012 02:57 PM

Water exercise is great for people with rheumatoid arthritis because it is low-impact. Swimming and exercise in the water is advocated by rheumatoid arthritis specialists and post-injury rehab specialists because of this. Aqua aerobics is fun and it's a good way to meet new people.