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How to Prevent Arthritis & Tips for Managing Joint Pain

Arthritis doesn’t just affect us in our old age; it can sneak up on us at any time. There are many different types of arthritis, and there is no way to predict it. Sometimes, previous sports injuries lead to arthritis, which sets in as we age. If you have family members with arthritis, you may or may not experience the effects. The fact of the matter is that, unfortunately, many of us will inevitably experience those achy joints. As such, understanding how to prevent arthritis or manage existing joint pain is often a component of our efforts to remain active as we age.

Prevent Arthritis & Manage Existing Joint Pain

We’re going to explore how to prevent arthritis and how to live with the pain should you have it. Now, if you have a severe type of arthritis, your physician is probably following up on you. It is always best to heed your physician’s direction and ask if you should try something new.

There are many ways to ease or eliminate joint pain. If you stay current on wellness education, you’ve probably read that staying mobile and active with arthritis is essential. Physical activity keeps it at bay and minimizes the pain and stiffness associated with this disease. It’s also a good idea to keep up with what the Arthritis Foundation has to say. But, in general, here are a few good rules of thumb:

  • Maintain a healthy weight if you know you have osteoarthritis.
  • Avoid smoking if you have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is “low in sugar, alcohol, and purines” especially for a gout diagnosis.

Staying Active Doesn’t Mean Vigorous Exercises

Whether you currently have arthritis or not, maintaining whatever mobility and function you enjoy is key. There are many simple and fun yet effective ways to stay active with arthritis without overdoing it. Walking regularly or taking a Tai Chi class are gentle yet effective practices to ward off the effects of arthritis. Start slow and stick with whatever you choose, and you’ll begin to see the benefits. The secret is to keep moving!

Exercises that Help Manage and Prevent Arthritis

Before you start any new exercise, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. If you get the go-ahead, here are just a few simple exercises that can help keep you moving.

Walking

Everyone knows walking is a good way to lose weight. But you may not know that the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyle Fitness website  reveals many other benefits of walking. A brisk walk has a multitude of health benefits. One is that it “strengthens bones and muscles,” which helps prevent arthritis and arthritic pain. Be sure to invest in a good pair of walking shoes, to ensure you get the most out of walking.

Stretching

Stretching is an easy and gentle way to strengthen your entire body. There are many benefits to stretching. You should stretch before you go walking, as it helps your posture and gait. Regular stretching also improves your range of motion and helps your entire body feel better. If you haven’t done this type of exercise previously, go slow. Give yourself time to build up your stamina. Again, it’s always a good idea to ask your physician for guidance.

Keep Those Fingers and Feet Moving 

The goal is to keep our hands and feet in motion and our fingers and toes nimble. If you love crocheting, knitting, playing cards, or gardening, all are great ways to keep your fingers in motion. Next time you’re sitting and enjoying a podcast or television show, use the time to do some simple hand exercises. And remember your feet, too.

At Jacaranda Trace, We Keep Bodies in Motion

Living life to its fullest is our goal every day at Jacaranda Trace, in Venice, Florida. We make sure our members have their choice of fun and social ways to stay active. Our wellness program and full educational and events calendar make aging well easy and fun. To learn more about Jacaranda Trace’s independent living community or to schedule a private tour, give us a call at 941-408-2050 or contact us here.