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In rheumatoid arthritis the immune system attacks the tissues of the joints, leading to pain, inflammation, and eventually joint damage and malformation.
The severity of rheumatoid arthritis varies between individuals, who will experience periods of remission, when they feel well, and 'flare-ups', during which the body tissues become inflamed. During a flare-up sufferers are advised to rest as much as possible to prevent aggravating the inflammation and causing more pain.
How can I carry on burning calories during a flare-up?
A rheumatoid arthritis flare-up is a blow to anyone trying to follow an exercise programme to lose weight. However, there are some calorie-burning activities you can do, as long as you remember the golden rule - if an exercise increases the pain STOP DOING IT!
Listening to pain during exercise is vital, because you can tear muscles and cause even more pain and joint swelling if you perform exercises incorrectly when the joint is flared up.
Suitable physical activities
Accept that sometimes rest is best
If all the above exercises still cause pain, then it is best to accept that rest really is the best solution for severe auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Try to eat extra-healthily and cut down slightly on your calorie intake (so long as you don't go below the recommended 1400 calories a day), to keep your weight loss plan on track.
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