You can take action to help ease arthritis symptoms. Exercising appropriately and maintaining a healthy weight is by far the most important thing you can do, say experts. Be sure to consult with your physician before you begin any type of exercise program. Dropping even a few pounds can relieve stress on your joints, and keeping your body moving can decrease pain and give you a better range of motion.
In fact, people with arthritis who stay active report a better quality of life than arthritis sufferers who are inactive, suggests a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
4 ways to help prevent osteoarthritis
Although genetics can play a role in causing arthritis, you can lessen your risk for the disease by decreasing stress on your joints:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid repetitive motion tasks if possible.
- Switch from high-impact sports such as running to lower-impact activities like walking, biking or swimming.
- Use proper exercise techniques to prevent joint and muscle injuries