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Health Tip: Exercise Can Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

-- Exercise is a great remedy for joint pain and stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists these guidelines for exercising with rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Begin with easy exercises, such as gentle stretching and tensing muscles without adding movement.
  • Try light strength training exercises when your body feels ready.
  • Add low-impact aerobic exercises to your routine, such as dancing, walking and swimming.
  • Try tai chi, as it can promote relaxation and improve joint flexibility.
  • Don't do any exercises that cause pain.
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Posted: April 2011