Aerobic exercise is recommended for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A number of barriers to exercise may be present and need to be overcome.

Patient selection: rheumatoid arthritis


Barriers to exercise:

(1) obesity

(2) fatigue

(3) depression

(4) deconditioning

(5) medication effects

(6) joint pain

(7) disability and reduced mobility

(8) gym stigma


The greater the number of barriers and the greater the magnitude the more difficult exercise may be.

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