Tuesday, February 19, 2008

An ounce of prevention...

You know the old say; "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” If you want to avoid arthritis later in life, take these preventative steps now;
•Loss the weight: That extra weight you carry around is no friend to your feet, ankles, hips, knees, and spine and causes excess wear and tear on weight-bearing joints.
Exercise regularly: Regular exercise strengthens muscles so the muscles can do their job of supporting the joints while weak muscles place a strain on joints. Lose the weight, but use your muscles.
•But don’t over do it: Regular exercise is essential for overall health.
Overusing your joints has a detrimental effect on the body. The key is balance. Maintain a consistent exercise schedule instead of playing "Weekend Warrior."
•Avoid repetitive movements: Repetitive movements can cause problems later in life so to decrease your chances of developing arthritis, avoid repetitive strain on the joints.
•Eat well and drink plenty of water: A healthy diet is an important factor in
avoiding arthritis. Keeping your body hydrated keeps your joints hydrated. Watch your diet now and you can avoid sore joints later.

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