Arthritis is a common disease. It is a condition that causes swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decrease in the range of motion in the joints. Women are more susceptible to arthritis than men. Some of its causes are beyond control like growing older, genetic inheritance, etc. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of getting arthritis and delay its onset.
12 Ways to keep your joints healthy as you age
Stay at a healthy weight: Gaining weight can put four times the pressure on your knees, hips, and ankles. For every kilogram more than your BMI (Calculate your BMI here) your knees and hips feel four times the stress.
Exercise: A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise (Watch our video here)five days a week keeps your joints in good working condition. The joints of our body are like the joints of a machine if unused catch rust and stop function. You have to keep them working if you want them to function properly for a longer time. However, as you age switch over to low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, swimming. The low-impact exercises prevent injuries and wear and tear of joints.
Stretch: Follow a regular morning stretching (Watch our video here) regime to keep the joints flexible and to maintain and increase their range of motion.
Yoga: Several asanas in yoga (Watch video here) help to increase flexibility and keep joints strong.
Posture: Maintain correct posture while all activities like sitting, working, playing. This correct posture prevents the joints from going under wear and tear.
Avoid Injury: If you indulge in a sport or adventure activities remember to use protective gear so your joints do not get injured. An injured joint is more prone to suffer from arthritis.
Keep Blood Sugar in check: High blood sugar can cause stiffing of the tissues at the joints. Monitor and control your blood sugar with exercise and healthy eating.
Quit Smoking: smoking puts stress on joints and can lead to arthritis. Put in an effort to quit the deadly habit of smoking.
Eat fish twice a week: If you are a non-vegetarian then you would be delighted to know that the fish are rich in Omega 3. Ingestion of Omega 3 has several health benefits one is to reduce inflammation. For vegetarians try to incorporate the Omega 3 supplements into your diet.
Stay Hydrated: Cartilages in our joints are mainly made of water (Calculate required water intake here). As our body gets dehydrated, it extracts water from these cartilages. As a result, they become easy targets of wear and tear.
Check your Vitamin D levels: Regularly get blood tests done to monitor your vitamin D levels. People with adequate levels of vitamin D do not show the speedy progression of arthritis.
Regular screening: Visit your doctor at least once a month for regular check-ups. Early detection of arthritis slows the progress of the disease
A Word From H2F Care
Adopting a healthy lifestyle keeps the disease of arthritis away. Medicines only treat the symptoms by reducing inflammation and pain. Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps universally and keeps not just arthritis but several other diseases away.