Walking Out on Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Fatigue

Even otherwise healthy and active people who have never spent a lazy weekend in bed, ordering takeout, and binge watching the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix can attest to one of the most puzzling of physical conundrums – the less time you spend moving, the more tired you seem to feel when Monday morning rolls around and the time comes to face reality and get back to work. For people suffering from ongoing fatigue as a result of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Los Angeles, engaging in physical activity can be less a matter of personal choice than a daily struggle against exhaustion and pain.

Walking to Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Although it might seem contradictory, a study out of the University of California, San Francisco found that walking actually helped to lower chronic fatigue in RA sufferers. With the use of pedometers, the researchers studied 100 participants with varying levels of self-reported fatigue and average activity levels. (The participants in the study were all considered sedentary, with less than 3,710 steps per day).

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Walk More, Tire Less

After a two week period, the researchers found that the most sedentary and least active participants at the beginning of the study experienced the greatest changes in their levels of fatigue at the end of the study. While many people believe that the best solution to pain and diminished energy levels is more rest, the results of the study suggest that people who engage in the least amounts of physical activity stand to gain the most from partaking in moderate, low-impact physical activities like walking in Beverly Hills.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Stiff, swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

Beverly Hills Rheumatologist

Are you struggling with rheumatoid arthritis-related pain and fatigue? To learn more about lifestyle modifications and treatment options for managing RA symptoms, or to obtain a second opinion on a previous diagnosis, contact board-certified rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker at (310) 274–7770 to schedule an appointment today.

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