How to Stay Motivated With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Every so often, the healthiest thing to do is give yourself a push. Find out how to get motivated!

Dana Gottesman
Reviewed by
John Varga, MD

In addition to helping you manage your weight, exercise can help keep your joints flexible, and strengthen the muscles around your joints. It can also prevent or delay a wide range of other health problems, including high cholesterol levels and hypertension. Need another great reason for staying motivated? Working out may even help prevent depression, which is common among people with chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis.

See your doctor at regular intervals.
Even if you’re feeling okay, there is a lot to gain from getting regular checkups. In addition to getting checked out, it’s a time to reconnect with your doctor and to bring up any issues you may have with medications, side effects and symptoms. To make the most of your appointment, it’s important to prepare for it ahead of time. Make a list of questions and concerns, and pack a pen and paper for taking notes.

Think of your doctors as your teammates. “I see my general practitioner and several specialists on a regular basis,” says Marcie. Create your own healthcare dream team; they make a great support system. “Of course,” adds Marcie, “I am the most important person on my team. I must do my part, but I leverage any and all available resources to maintain my health.”

Understand your medications.
Discontinuing a medication could cause serious health problems, so take charge and have a good understanding of the medication you’ve been prescribed. It will make you more motivated to stay on course with it. If you’re unsure about why you are taking a certain medication or the dosage requirements, ask your doctor immediately. It’s also important to find out what to do if you miss a dose and what happens if you stop taking it. 

*Names have been changed

April 2013