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Can I run if I have RA?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Running is quite the strenuous exercise. Does that mean it's bad for your afflicted joints? Watch this video to learn more.

Transcript: LOW impact exercises, such as stretching, walking or swimming, are the BEST for people with rheumatoid arthritis. You’ll want to AVOID any high-impact exercises that put too much stress or pressure on your joints, such as tennis, martial arts, basketball or distance running. Recreational RUNNING might still be OK, but you’ll have to sit out on training for any 10K’s or marathons – they involve too much stress and pounding on your joints in the long run. And, if your rheumatoid arthritis is active in your KNEES, ankles and/or hips, you’ll have to be EXTRA cautious. The strain of running could be too hard on already-weakened joints. If your rheumatoid arthritis is limited to your hands, wrists and elbows, running shouldn’t pose a problem, but take FREQUENT breaks and stick to gentler exercise if you’re coping with a flare. More »

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