How to Live with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Here are some tips for you to help protect your joints:
  1. Protect your joints: Protecting your joints is important even you are currently symptom-free. You should always be thinking about your joints even when doing small tasks.
  2. Get exercise: exercise can be a key component in keeping joint pain at bay. It can also give you more energy and improve your mood. Walking, cycling swimming, and light weight training, or other aerobic exercise done three times a week can offer these benefits, but check with your doctor to make sure that exercising is safe for you.
  3. Stretch it out: Stretching each day, especially after exercising is beneficial. Proper stretching does not cause extra pain.
  4. Give it a rest: Taking a break can relax your mind, ease pain in your joints. Enough sleep also helps.
  5. Lose weight: Being overweight can place excessive stress on, and adversely affect your joints like knees, back, and hips. Studies have shown that fat tissues may produce chemicals that can increase inflammation, which rheumatoid patients should avoid.
  6. Use special tools: Some certain types of equipment can help make everyday tasks easier like kitchen tools with large handles.
  7. Plan carefully: Schedule your everyday exercise carefully, and be careful not to overdo it. When exercising, it is not necessary to do 30 minutes at once. You can split it into three 10-minute increments throughout the day
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