Isometric Exercises for Better Rheumatoid Arthritis Health
Isometric exercises are strength-training workouts in which the muscles contract, but the body doesn’t move. Isometrics involve tensing a muscle, then relaxing it. This type of training is especially useful if the usual weight lifting causes your joints to hurt.
Some advantages of isometrics include:
- No need for additional equipment.
- The body is activating nearly all of its available motor units.
- Increased strength.
- Improved flexibility.
In the next several slides, we’ll show you some beneficial isometric exercises that can help you stay strong and healthy. While these exercises are less likely to hurt your joints than traditional weight training, if they do make your joints hurt, ask a trainer to show you another type of isometric exercise.