Morning movement routine for RA

Morning stiffness—a hallmark of RA—can make getting up in the morning one of the hardest things you'll do all day! To limber up and get joints moving more easily again, try this gentle morning movement routine:

Lying in bed
Practice abdominal breathing

Place one hand on your belly, right below your rib cage; place the other hand on your chest. Inhale deeply through your nose, filling your abdominal cavity with fresh, oxygenated air. The hand resting on your belly should rise. The hand on your chest should stay put. Hold your breath for a few seconds. Then exhale slowly through your mouth. As you exhale, your belly will deflate. Repeat four times.

Forward Rows 1


Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen, and remember to only
do the exercises to tolerance—do not do too much at once.

Photographs by: Sherry Simon Photography

These exercises were designed by Marnie-Laatz-Dominy, MS, an exercise physiologist, author, weight loss coach and fitness instructor in Seattle, Washington. The exercises have been reviewed by Sherry Backus, PT, DPT, MA, clinical supervisor in the Department of Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Published September 2011

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