9 pm: Try tai chi moves. Before going to bed, wind down mentally and physically with a few of these flowing movements. In addition to being enjoyable—and beautiful—this ancient Chinese exercise form improves balance and helps reduce pain and stiffness. Because it involves slow, rhythmic breathing and gentle movements, it’s also a great way to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep ! To find out more about tai chi, check out some of the many books and videos you’ll find online or at the library.
Our round-the-clock RA tips are provided by Jan K. Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS, chair of the practice committee for the American College of Rheumatology; Lona Sandon, MEd, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association; and Christopher Brown, PhD, a researcher at the University of Manchester, England.