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Should I lift weights if I have RA?

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

You've been told to strengthen the muscles around your joints, but does weight lifting go too far? Get the details.

Transcript: STRENGTHENING exercises, SUCH AS weight lifting, should be a key facet of your fitness regimen because they will help build up muscle. STRONG muscles help reduce the stress placed on a painful joint. But don’t overdo it – and that can be tricky. So start light and slow. Do multiple reps instead of straining to do a few heavy lifts. And remember the point is not to sculpt the body – it’s to protect your joints from pain by making surrounding muscles stronger. The American College of Rheumatology recommends one set of 8 to 10 exercises for all major muscle groups of your body, 2 to 3 times a week. More »

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