February 11, 2019
Winter can be a tough time for people with rheumatoid arthritis. The cold weather can make joints feel stiff, so it can be tempting to stay put inside all season. Whether or not you are on a biologic like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, the truth is that lack of movement can make your symptoms worse, so it’s important to make moving your body a priority, especially during the winter months.
Benefits of Movement for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Curious why movement is so beneficial? Here are three top reasons you should get moving.
Increased Blood Flow
When you get your heart pumping and your blood flowing, you improve circulation. Better circulation leads to less swelling and less stiffness — exactly the symptoms you’re trying to relieve.
Movement helps control your weight by burning extra calories. Extra pounds can put stress on your joints, which is the last thing you need when dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.
If you tend to get a little blue during the winter, you’re not alone. Movement causes your body to release endorphins, which both make you feel good and have a pain-block effect.
Winter Activities for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Looking for some new ideas to try this winter? Check out these ideas.
#1: Try Housewalking
When you’re dealing with low motivation, there’s no easier way to trick your body into a workout than “housewalking.” Housewalking is exactly what it sounds like: walking around your house! You don’t have to change into workout gear or even put on shoes. You can walk from room to room, or just put on a favorite TV show and walk in place. Housewalking gets your heart rate up and gets your blood circulating — exactly what you need to banish some of that stiffness from your joints.
#2: Take a Yoga Class
Look for a studio in town or a program online you like! There’s no downside to incorporating yoga into your life. Building strength, flexibility and stability are all key to good health. Yoga studios are becoming more and more common. You may even find one close to your infusion center!
#3: Go for a Swim
You may tend to think of swimming as a summertime activity, but many cities have aquatic centers where you can swim year-round. Swimming is one of the best aerobic activities for people with rheumatoid arthritis because it is non-weight-bearing. Swimming laps not your thing? Try a water aerobics class instead!
Prioritize Your Health with Infusion Express
If IV infusions like Rituxan or Actemra are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing Infusion Express for your ongoing care needs. Infusion Express makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.
With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.
At Infusion Express, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to Infusion Express.