Dance with Arthritis is helping people with Arthritis.
Those who have arthritis can live happily and follow active lifestyles. 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from the disease in the United States alone, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis can affect anybody, in any part of the world, at any age.
Research shows that regular exercise is crucial for retaining and restoring mobility and function, as well as building muscle mass. It also improves your mood.
Exercise, however, should always be appropriate for your level of fitness. We urge our viewers to always move at their own pace and abilities, and to never push themselves to the point of exhaustion.
Make sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program and always stop if your pain gets worse.
Meg Raygan, founder and producer of Dance with Arthritis, is a licensed chiropractor and a certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor.
In 2005, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After her diagnosis, Meg decided to take control of her body and not give in to the pain and fatigue. Instead, she started exercising regularly. She discovered that dance aerobics is fun and helps her manage her arthritis. After a few years of dance aerobics, she discovered she could play sports, such as skiing and paddle tennis — sports that she hadn’t been strong enough, or had the stamina for before her diagnosis.