Ease RA fatigue and boost your energy
It's one of the worst parts of rheumatoid arthritis, after the pain itself.
The constant agony... the chronic inflammation... the drugs used to treat the condition and more can all work together to sap every last drop of energy out of your body.
As a result, rheumatoid patients are often faced with constant, chronic, life-ruining fatigue.
And, unlike many other forms of fatigue, no amount of sleep will chase it away.
Now, the latest research shows one simple step you can take to boost your energy and limit the fatigue, and it'll cost you about $5 and take just a few minutes a day.
Use that money to buy a pedometer. Sure, you can spend big bucks and get something fancy like a FitBit ... but a $5 step-counter will do.
If you have a smartphone, you may not even need to spend the $5. There could be a free app available, or a step-counter might be built right into your phone.
Whichever one you choose, use it -- because the new study finds tracking your steps with a pedometer can help cut fatigue if you have rheumatoid.
In the study, some patients were given a pedometer and told to boost their activity, while others were given a pedometer along with specific activity targets, like increasing the number of steps by 10 percent every two weeks.
A control group was just told to get more activity, but the patients weren't given a pedometer or targets.
Turns out the gadgets helped: Folks who got pedometers walked more, and they weren't worn out by all that extra activity.
They were LESS fatigued overall!
The folks given the pedometer were up to five times more likely to increase overall activity levels, and up to three times more likely to increase their daily step count by 2,800 or more.
Many who started out as sedentary were no longer so by the end of the study, which ran nearly six months.
The biggest boost in energy levels went to the folks given the specific targets. They had TRIPLE the improvement in fatigue levels compared to the control, while the ones given a pedometer with no targets had double the improvement.
And while the study focused on fatigue, the benefits don't end there.
Other studies have found that walking can improve physical function, cut pain levels, and give you a boost in your overall quality of life if you have RA.
And whether you have rheumatoid or not, being less sedentary can protect your heart, brain, and more -- so get your hands on a pedometer, start tracking, and keep walking.