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I have RA mainly focused in my hands but also affecting my knees. I wondered if rowing was an appropriate activity or will it just cause irritation and a flare up?
Hi @loopy_doo , welcome to the Versus Arthritis forum.
I note that you have RA primarily in your hands but also impacting your knees. You’d like to know if rowing is a suitable activity given your condition.
Whilst I couldn’t find any specific advice in our website relating to Rowing this link gives you advice about the types of exercise that you can do with RA which I hope helps. It talks about how low impact exercise is fine and you can still push yourself.
For general information about exercising with RA please see:
It’s possible that other forum members have rowing as their hobby and can share their experiences.
I hope that you receive useful feedback from the forum.
I have rowed my dinghy to get to my moored boat and if you overreach your ability it does hurt, however arther is rarely a condition that’s static and setting yourself up with a boat and somewhere to keep it may prove a ‘boat too far’ if not now then later?
An outboard proved better in the end😀.
pits a grin, honest!