At-your-desk RA exercises

Being at work doesn't mean that you can't work out! These exercises were designed to be done in your office so that you can use your so that you can use your downtime to help manage your RA symptoms.

Knee lifts

Sit tall in your chair with your lower abdominal muscles pulled in and your shoulders back. Place your feet on the floor about 6 inches apart. As you exhale, lift your right knee about 4-6 inches off the floor. As you inhale, place your foot back down. Do 10 lifts with your right knee. Then do 10 lifts with your left knee. Maintain good posture throughout the exercise.

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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