Be Kind To Your Joints and Avoid Arthritis: 6 Ways to Prevent Arthritis

Arthritis Pain Prevention

Arthritis isn’t just for older people, but the risk of getting this condition does increase as we age. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, and more and more people in their 40s and 50s are feeling the signs. Osteoarthritis is formed when joint cartilage breaks down, and causes bone to rub against bone. This in turn causes inflammation and pain. Being kind to your joints may help prevent arthritis.

6 Preventative Measures to Help Avoid Arthritis

  • Lose Extra Weight: Extra body fat will strain your joints by adding extra pressure on them. Weight bearing joints will feel the most strain: knees, ankles, and hips. Some research has suggested that for a pound lost, the pressure on your joints will decrease by four to eight pounds of pressure.
  • Protect Your Joints: Before lifting that heavy carton, look for another way to move it from point A to B. Try to avoid activities at home or at work that will place too much stress on your joints.
  • Exercise: Low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking, and yoga will all help keep your joints healthy. Try to do these exercises at least 20-30 minutes between four and five times a week.
  • Eat Right: Eat foods rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, walnuts, and salmon; reduce red meat, refined grains and sugars, processed foods, and dairy consumption.
  • Take Supplements for Joints: Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and tart cherry dietary supplements are a few examples.
  • Wear the Right Shoes: Wear flat, comfortable shoes that are well-padded and well-supported with low heels. Avoid high heels which can negatively affect the knee joints.