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16 Gentle Exercises for People with Arthritis

If you have RA, exercise can help your joints and muscles, and benefit your heart, bones, and mood.
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Zumba

Who it’s good for: RA patients who want to sweat without hurting their joints

Tips: What makes Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness craze, different from high-impact aerobics classes? It burns calories without jarring your joints, explains exercise physiologist Caryn Locke of Caryn’s Studio in Waite Park, Minn. “A lot it is just the fluidity of the movements,” say Locke, who was diagnosed with RA in April 2010. If you’re just starting out, ease into it because you’ll be using all the muscles in your body and you don’t want to overdo it. Taking twice-weekly classes will help you learn the choreography.

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