I just bought a pair of bands and haven't yet used them enough to speak about them. I hav been using small dumbbells for about a year and getting good results. I just looked thru Spark's exercise generator and marked down any I thought I could do. I started with 2lb. weights with a fabric band for holding while walking, moved up to 3 lb. several weeks later and now use 5 lb. weights at home, going back down to 3 or 2 if my joints are hurting. I usually do these while sitting. I also do balance exercises as I can, mostly standing. I need to improve leg strength and balance. I do hip flexor, standing adduction and abduction, and calf raises, and seated leg extensions. I don't do them as often as the dumbbells, mostly because of leg pain after cardio. I think consulting a physical therapist familiar with RA is a great idea. Checking the Arthritis Foundation website also helped me.
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