Though it may not be possible to completely eradicate your risk of developing arthritis, there are certain things you can do to reduce your risk of developing this condition. Arthritis occurs when cartilage wears away, causing bones to rub against each other causing injury, the pain you feel. Below are a few tips you can follow that may help arthritis from developing.
1. Maintain a healthy body weight
Too much weight puts extra pressure or strain on joints and cartilage, causing it to wear away sooner. To prevent yourself from developing maturities at a much earlier stage in life, you must reduce your body weight, clean up your diet and start exercising if you are not already. You do not have to do it too much. You can stick to lower impact exercises, especially if your joints are already hurting.
2. Avoid high impact exercise
Though exercise is good for your overall wellbeing, exercises such as running, plyometrics, and contact sports can be bad for older people and people who are experiencing symptoms of arthritis. If you must without, try swimming, walking, biking, and other low-impact exercise options to protect your joints. Low impact exercises can help you prevent serious injuries like ligament tears, which can contribute to arthritis.
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3. Monitor your vitamin D level
Checking your vitamin D level is necessary for the fight against arthritis. If your vitamin d levels are low, consider increasing your natural sources by eating more fatty fish, dairy, and even natural sunlight.
4. Stay hydrated
Cartilage is made up of mostly water. Dehydrated cartilage is more likely to wear, and tear. Staying hydrated can also help in maintaining a healthy weight. It also enhances weight loss.
5. Avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your joints.
Whether you are working out or moving large containers, make sure you are always using the proper technique so as to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your joints. Always lift with your legs and carry heavy objects close to your body.
Following these tips go a long way in reducing your risk of developing arthritis
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