Working out with rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge. I hear so many people use it as an excuse, and “Why not”. I know please do not yell, there is pain. Yes I know because I am one with RA, and at a young age (juvenile RA).
If you are one with RA or know someone with it that continue to say ” I would but the pain is there or I do not want to cause anymore pain than necessary” . I say to them do not talk about it.
First you must be motivated, second you must just begin. If you are just beginning any workout and have medical issues get the okay from your DOC. Second beginning a new workout start on the low side, in other words MODIFY. Your body will tell you when to advance. Thirdly know there will be days you cannot move as fast, or lift as much weights, push ups can be challenging.
I am a fan of “beachbodyondemand.com” . I can choose which trainer and program I want to follow with a calendar and modifier on workouts. This is my focus to fitness on my journey, however I lift weights, run, solo. There are days my RA prevents me from lifting heavy weights, I do not throw in the towel but I do decrease the weights. Push ups, which I finally am able to do, I use my knuckles, some days I am on my knees, or using power stands, again I adjust but do not give up. Jogging, running I am good but then again I may have to do a mix jog and walk.
I am encouraging all those with RA and really want to workout, or once worked out and stopped, PLEASE erase the excuse or excuses. I say adjust for fitness.
My fitness journey now is another round of 80 Day Obsession, weight lifting 2-3 days and a run of 1-3 miles 3 days a week.