Living with Osteoarthritis
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Lifestyle changes can help you cope with osteoarthritis (OA). Some changes you might want to consider making include:
What's the best part of all these changes? They help not only your OA, but the rest of your body too.
A beneficial lifestyle habit to adapt into your day to day routine is a physical activity program if you suffer from osteoarthritis.
To help my clients better understand this concept, we sit for a few minutes in the same position. After a while, we describe how we feel. Words of description include numbness, inability to move and poor circulation. This comes from being immobile. Just imagine these feelings compounded with pain. Not good!
Exercise, such as active range of motion (where you move a joint using the attached muscles without assistance) and strength training (where you use some type of resistance to muscular movement to help maintain or increase muscular and joint strength), can help a person with osteoarthritis engage in aerobic conditioning (rhythmic movement that improves heart and lung health) and balance/agility exercises (where you improve your balance that can help decrease risks of falls or other injuries).
One of the "Icing on the Cake" benefits of exercise is weight management. Excess weight on joints causes excess pain. By integrating an exercise program into your daily routine, you lessen the risk of weight gain and increased pain.