What are the benefits of aerobic conditioning in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Aerobic conditioning in affected patients (if tolerated) improves maximum oxygen uptake and decreases perceived exertion at submaximal workloads, reportedly without causing adverse effects in the joints. In addition, patients undergoing long-term endurance training have been known to feel less isolated, to take less sick leave, and to develop improved function in activities of daily living (ADLs). Patients with well-controlled RA should be encouraged to engage in 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise several times a week.


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