Therapeutic value of graded aerobic exercise training in rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1985 Jan;28(1):32-9. doi: 10.1002/art.1780280106.


Women with rheumatoid arthritis performed 1 of 3 low intensity aerobic exercise protocols (15, 25, and 35 minutes) 3 times per week for 12 weeks. A nontraining group served as controls. All exercise groups improved their aerobic capacity, exercise time, and joint counts. Subjects described improvement in activities of daily living and reduced joint pain and fatigue. Exercise duration up to 35 minutes can be therapeutic, and as little as 15 minutes of exercise 3 times/week is sufficient to improve aerobic capacity in rheumatoid arthritis patients with severe limitations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aerobiosis
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy*
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Fatigue / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maximal Voluntary Ventilation
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Endurance
  • Self-Assessment