At the Y, we want to make life simpler for you. 5. Train: Necessary yet underutilized in rheumatoid arthritis! Exercise as Medication has utility with all continual illness situations together with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To learn more about the utility of exercise in RA, you’ll want to read “Exercise Programming for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Concerns for Health Care Professionals,” written by Nathan A. Chiarlitti,; Alexandra Sirois, M.S.; Ross E. Andersen, Ph.D., FACSM; and Susan J. Bartlett, Ph.D.