Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis can and should exercise. However, prior to beginning an exercise program they should consult with their physician and/or medical team to inform them of their intentions and get any medical advice that may help guide their pursuits. Additionally, it may be in their best interest to meet with a physical therapist and/or personal trainer who can help devise the most effective program and guide them through it one or multiple times. If they have been inactive for an extended period of time, they should start out slowly with a small number of low-impact activities to prevent injury and burnout.
Finally, while high impact activities such as jogging do not exacerbate the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, individuals may wish to consult with their doctors and trainers before incorporating jogging and/or other high impact activities such as jumping or heavy lifting into their exercise program.