We’ve all been there… that moment where you’re tired or in pain and you just think — no way, not right now, getting up and exercising is not something I’m going to be able to do today. The thing about chronic pain and chronic fatigue is that moment can become recurring, and we can end up stuck in a rut that’s that much more difficult to get out of.

As RA blogger Linda Perkins put it, there’s a move it or lose it factor. Over time, your motivation and ability to exercise can start to slip away, especially over the holidays, and it gets harder and harder to get back on the horse. Fitness is a pretty important horse when you have arthritis, because motion is like a lotion that lubricates the joints, increases your flexibility, and strengthens supporting muscles.

Here’s the thing: you can adopt a more flexible exercise regimen to accommodate these so-called ‘bad exercise days’. Our simple strategy is creating good day and bad day exercise plans.

Here’s how it works:

You have the activities you do on your good days:

  • Walking or Jogging
  • Biking
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

When a bad day comes around and you’re not up to your usual routine, listen to your body and opt for alternatives:

  • Exercises you can do from a seated position – in a chair or even in bed
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • A simple routine with your stretch band
  • Exercises for hand strength, like squeezing a stress ball

You can work with your Health Advisor to figure out the right routines for your specific needs, but the main thing is finding a routine you can commit to. Every step counts.

P.S. If you’re not a member but have been diagnosed with RA, Psoriasis, or IBD we’ve got free programs available.

  • To get a Health Advisor for RA, click here.
  • To get a Health Advisor for Psoriasis, click here.
  • To get a Health Advisor for IBD, click here.

We’re here to help.

Read Next:

Easy First Steps to Exercise

Getting Unstuck Through Exercise

5 Ways to Fight Fatigue

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