Q&A: What Are The Best Exercises For Rheumatoid Arthritis?

African American senior couple in swimming poolQ: What are the best exercises for me to do with rheumatoid arthritis? – N. J. 

A. The best exercise is one that you’ll actually do, so pick something that you like or would like to try, as long as it won’t bother your joints. Exercise, in general, is safe and recommended for the management of rheumatoid arthritis. An ideal program includes these three types of workout:

Low- to medium-impact aerobics. Swimming, biking, walking, aerobic dance, warm-water exercise, and elliptical machines help give you stamina and energy.

Strength training. Lift light weights (1-2 pounds) or use a resistance band to build or maintain muscle mass and strength to keep your joints stable.