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Don't Let RA Get You Down, Enjoy Life!

By Stephen R. Farris

For those with rheumatoid arthritis, you may find it harder and harder to take vacations and enjoy yourself like you did before being diagnosed with the condition. There are times you might feel pretty good, but other days you simply don't feel like getting out of bed or leaving the house.

Luckily, there are many places you can vacation and still enjoy yourself without letting the pain of RA get in the way. Plus, you'll see some amazing things and you might get in a little exercise as well. 

Hiking

Most every state has places you can travel to, spend the night, and do some hiking in scenic surroundings. Some of the best places are in the eastern and northeastern United States, typically Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Vermont, and Maine. One of the best times to visit any of these places for a hiking trip would be in the fall, when you can catch all the bright and beautiful colors of leaves and the climate is cooler as well. Most all have National Parks with designated hiking trails. Other places to consider are Arizona, Colorado, Northern California and Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state. Remember, when you are hiking, wear appropriate closing, dress for the conditions, use sunscreen, have plenty of water, and a few healthy snacks to eat along the way.

Golfing

Golfing can be lots of fun and very relaxing. Chances are there's a golf course near you, but if you want to get away from home, most vacation resorts have golf courses at or near them. Golfing is a great way to soak up some sun, get a little exercise, and you can choose to either walk the course or ride in a golf cart.

Yoga Anyone?

If you're looking for a more therapeutic route, try getting online and searching for a yoga retreat. Yes, they do exist. For RA sufferers, it's a great way to clear your mind and maintain flexibility while performing yoga. Some yoga retreats are located in the mountains, lakeside, and near ocean beaches. You might try taking a couple of yoga classes near home before booking a retreat vacation.

These are just a few things you can do to help take your mind off of RA, to help keep you moving , and to get out and enjoy life a little more.

You can also talk with your local chiropractor as they may have a few helpful tips and suggestions to give you some guidance, plus they can help give you relief when you're feeling pain in your back, neck, and joints.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Lake Hills, Tex.

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