Is this your guide to rheumatoid arthritis-friendly hobbies? It is! It's not that you can't do the other hobbies—you absolutely can. But these are the ones that are most likely to be least stressful on your joints and give you the most satisfying results.

You can find or adapt hobbies that work for your needs.

If you love to quilt but it hurts your hands, try crocheting instead. Or maybe you're a big fan of reading, but holding books is difficult because of arthritis in your hands? Try listening to audiobooks on an app like Audible or Overdrive and then write reviews so that other people can learn what they missed out on!

Hobbies are more than just fun—they're also an important part of staying healthy and feeling good about yourself. Rheumatoid arthritis can make it hard to do the things you love, so it's important to find new ways of doing them safely and comfortably. Remember: there's no right or wrong way to have fun!


If you're looking to get some fresh air, exercise, and contact with the earth—all of which can help combat RA symptoms—gardening is a great hobby choice. It's also a great way to meet people who have similar interests. And if you're not sure what kind of gardening you'd like to do, there are many options! You could choose an indoor or outdoor garden, depending on your preference. There are even more choices when it comes to what type of plants or vegetables you want to grow: tomatoes? Lettuce? Herbs? The possibilities are endless!


Walking is a great way to get your blood flowing, which eases joint pain and stiffness. You can do it alone or with friends; on your own schedule, or as part of a group; in nature, or at home. Best of all, walking doesn’t cost anything except for the time you spend on it!

If you want to explore walking with others, head out into nature with park rangers who lead guided walks in national parks around the country. Or look up events like Walk to End Lupus Now (this one takes place this month!) that are open to everyone in your city and raise money for research into autoimmune diseases such as lupus—it’s always better when we work together!


Sewing is a great hobby for people with rheumatoid arthritis. You can make things for yourself, like clothing and accessories. You can also make things for other people—like gifts or toys your children can play with. Sewing is also useful in the home, office or garden: You can create curtains and tablecloths; you can mend torn clothes; you can even sew your own furniture!

Well-made items usually last longer than those made quickly by machines or purchased cheaply at retail stores (think Ikea). So when you choose to sew something yourself, not only will it save money but it might last longer too!


Painting is an excellent hobby for people with RA because it allows you to relax and paint outside in the sun and fresh air. Acrylics, watercolors, or oils are all options when painting; you can do any of these mediums in a variety of styles as well.

Because painting is so versatile and can be done in many different ways (aerial perspective, pointillism, etc.) it’s really easy to express yourself through your art. It also helps relieve stress by allowing you to focus on something other than your pain or medications for a few hours each week! You may even make some new friends if you decide to take your talents out into the world by selling what you create or attending an art class at a local community center near where you live!

Tai Chi or yoga

Both of these gentle forms of exercise can help you manage your pain and improve your balance, which is especially important if you have rheumatoid arthritis. They can also help bring you peace and mindfulness, which will allow you to feel less stressed out.

Reading or writing

Reading or writing are two hobbies that can help you relax.

  • Reading is a great way to learn new things and pass the time, and it’s also good for your brain!
  • If reading isn't really your thing, don’t worry—you can always write instead of reading. Writing is also good for your brain because it helps improve memory retention. If you don’t have anything else to do on a rainy day or during those long winter months (or if you want some inspiration), then writing might be right up your alley!

Scrapbooking or card-making

Scrapbooking is a great way to pass the time, and it can be a lot of fun. Another plus: you get to make cards for friends and family (and yourself) that look like they were made by an artist. Plus, you get to tell people how much you love them with something more personal than just text messages or phone calls. And if you're feeling even more ambitious? You can make a scrapbook about your travels! Or one about your family history! Or one about your favorite recipes!

You might not think of scrapbooking as something that would be good for someone with rheumatoid arthritis, but it's actually really easy on the hands because all you have to do is cut out pictures or cut out shapes from paper using scissors or punches. You'll need some space in which to work (which may be difficult if your house isn't big enough), but other than that there aren't any special requirements here—it's just another hobby that doesn't cause pain or stiffness in joints or muscles.


We hope these ideas have inspired you to try something new or get back into a hobby you’ve missed. Remember, too, that hobbies can also be adapted to your needs if they aren’t perfect from the start. If tai chi is too much for your joints but you really want to get moving, why not try swimming instead? Or if sewing isn’t at all right for your hands but you want that creative output, give sculpting with air-dry clay a shot! The possibilities are endless—and whatever you decide on should definitely be fun!

Jun 10, 2022
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