Emma Pond

Cancer Researcher | Aspiring Ultra Runner | Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

“I keep active by managing my rest days. I’ve learnt from experience that every session needs some balance. Although I can’t sit around too much as it leads to joint pain. My rest days are usually active but in a different way. I hit the hydrotherapy pool twice a week for a workout. The pool allows me to do strength and conditioning that won’t damage my joints. I also like to practice Yin Yoga and I try to get 10,000 steps a day, even when I’m not running!

“Being active has brought me life. I know it’s cheesy but I look back at periods of inactivity in my life, and my rheumatoid played up a lot more. When I was more inactive, I was limited by pain. I’ve also found running helps beat the fatigue, it’s also helped with my heart health (something that’s a huge problem in those with RA) and my blood pressure is much better now!”

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