2. Choose your sports wisely
Running, volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer aren’t the best choices for people with rheumatoid arthritis, because they can diminish cartilage’s life span, says expert. “Cartilage in RA patients will degrade and can be further exacerbated by weight-bearing.”
If you have any joint damage, it’s very important your sport be low-impact. Jumping and running marathons aren’t good ideas. Tennis is tough as well because of the sport’s abrupt starts and stops.
So what are wise workout choices? Walking, biking, swimming and yoga.
The key thing for all athletes is to be in tune with your body. For example, if a triathlon is your dream, you can do the swimming and biking segments, and let a fellow teammate take on the running.