loopy_doo Member Posts: 2
edited 4. Dec 2020, 14:40 in Let's Move


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?



  • chrisb
    chrisb Moderator Posts: 688

    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.

    Best Wishes

    ChrisB (Moderator)

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  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,466

    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!