I agree completely with Susan Foster. It is absolutely correct that arthritis does not have to stop you. The key is building slowly and talking with your doctor about supplements to help protect your joints. As an arthritis sufferer, I very rarely have issues with pain (except when there is a cold front coming in, then the built-in barometer kicks in! lol) and I lift weights on a regular basis.
You want to start slow and keep the weights/activity light. It's ok to have some muscle soreness and that should be expected. However, because you have been "babying" your joints, you are actually causing more damage. By working the muscles, the joints are forced to become more lubricated in response. Resistance training also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and early onset Alzheimer's.
ANA also refers to an autoimmune disorder, so it would be wise to speak with a nutritionist to a) help you achieve your weight loss goals, and b) eat a diet that will help you control your illness. It's amazing as to what foods can help you with different issues!
Edited by: MRSTIGHTWAD at: 8/1/2013 (12:59)
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