How to live a good life with a rheumatic disease

Feb 13, 2013 No Comments by

Do you suffer from a rheumatic disease? It’s very common, probably more common than you’ve realized, but the good news is that you can live a good life with the disease with help from medication and proper training. A few decades ago it was a lot more difficult to live a good life with these diseases, as the medications weren’t as good back then. Today there are several types of medications which can be used to keep the disease in a non-active mode and your doctor can help you find the most effective medication scheme, while you can find some tips to consider regarding healthy training in this article.

Start with low intensity training in the daily life

If you’re not used to exercise and if you suffer from pain in joints and muscles it’s wise to start with low intensity training in your daily life, such as walking in your own pace, cycling and gardening. Your body needs to get used to body activities which requires more oxygen and muscle power, and when you’ve introduced these activities you can start doing medium intensity training.

Swimming and water gymnastics in a pool with warm water is a great choice for joints and muscles. It’s also good if you combine cardiac training with strength improving exercises and balance training. 30 minutes of daily exercise is the minimum level if you want to follow the recommendations.

Swimming and cycling are often considered to be comfortable types of training if you suffer from a rheumatic disease, but it’s actually all up to you to find a type of training that suits you and the body of yours. Make sure to do something that you consider to be fun, that will be the best choice for you!

Why it’s important to exercise

So, why is it so important to exercise then? Well, first of all it will help you to improve, or at least maintain, the mobility in your joints. That’s great of course, but there are more reasons as well. By training on a regular basis you can also prevent other diseases, which may arise as a result of a long term rheumatic disease, such as cardiovascular conditions and various types of cancer.

You can maintain your health by changing your habits in other ways as well. Make sure to eat fish every week, preferrably two times per week, in order to get enought Omega-3. You should also stop smoking in case you haven’t done that already.

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My name is Tezz and I'm a 29-years-old mother of 2. I spend most of my time at soccer practice, hockey practice or floor ball practice with my sons, but I also enjoy exercising myself. I love zumba, aerobics, jogging and of course power walking. My interest in health and training has grown since I became a mom. It all started when I wanted to lose a few extra pounds that I gained during my pregnancies, but it increased to become an honest interest in exercising and today I find it important to have a healthy lifestyle. I've also worked as a skincare consultant for a couple of years and I love beauty related topics just as much as health related topics. I love makeup and skincare and I'm looking forward to share my hobbies with you!
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