Enjoy Summer Activities, Even With RA

Summer. A time to slow down, explore, and enjoy the best of what the season has to offer. Yes, even with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you can take part in activities, whether it is with family, friends or on your own.

When you live with RA, it may seem as if your world is getting smaller and smaller, except for those trips to the doctors' offices, labs, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other health care specialists. If it's time to broaden your borders, read on for some suggestions to get you out of your home and into the world – again. Based upon your condition and energy levels, you may have to shorten the time spent participating in summer activities. Be adaptable, be aware, be flexible and have fun!

Wondering what to do this summer? I've compiled a list of 30 suggestions on Tips for Enjoying Summer Activities with RA.

What can you add to the list?

4 Replies to “Enjoy Summer Activities, Even With RA”

  1. As usual, all wonderful ideas of ways to enjoy the summer whether you have RA or not. Lots of stress relieving ideas in your list. Off to make some ice tea…

  2. Hello Marianna,

    What a pleasant list of summer activities you’ve put together!

    Your #22, the Italian tradition of an evening stroll, reminds me of a retired couple in our neighborhood who does just that — while holding a glass of wine. It’s an unusual yet civilized practice that invites conversation and lingering with those they meet on their stroll. Holding a glass of wine on a walk could be a juggle though. Perhaps wearing a fun, unique hat or t-shirt could add that special flair to spark conversation.

    Here’s to keeping active!

    Jackie Yun

    1. Hi Jackie,

      It goes to show you how different our liquor laws are in Canada. No open liquor on the streets or in parks.

      I like your suggestion of having a conversation sparker. I have a watch that does just that. It has dual time zones and when people do notice it, a conversation is born.

      I’m sure you’ll agree that dogs are an excellent conversation starter, too.

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