Everyday Health—July 5, 2017
Everyday Health interviewed Joan Westreich, LCSW, social work coordinator of the Early Arthritis Initiative at HSS about rheumatoid arthritis friendly hobbies.
"If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your joints can become painful, swollen, and stiff, and you can be fatigued — all symptoms that can get in the way of your doing the things you enjoy. But you don’t have to let them. You may have to become a little more creative," said Westreich.
She suggested brain games and memory exercises to keep the mind sharp. "Keeping mentally active is good for everyone," she added.
In addition to staying mentally active, staying physically active is important as well. Westreich noted that you can modify your favorite activities so they’re gentler on your joints.
"For example, instead of instead of running, try walking. Or switch to yoga — a great physical activity for people with RA because it has a mindfulness component."
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