Arthritis means swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness which may become worsen within age. It can commonly affect the knees, hips, spine and hands.
Here is what women can do to reduce their risk of arthritis:-
1. Maintain healthy Body weight:-
Those extra kilos can cause the joints to wear out faster by placing an additional physical load on them. Excess fat tissue also causes joint damage by secreting specific chemicals which destroy the cartilage.
2. Avoid Smoking:-
Smoking can increase the risk of cartilage damage and can even worsen arthritis. Giving up smoking can help protect you from arthritis in more ways than you can imagine.
3. Exercise regularly:-
Doing healthy exercise regularly can help maintain joint strength and flexibility. Doing exercise can also help to protect the cartilage. One must exercise for half an hour everyday and 3-4 times per week.
4. Maintain a healthy posture:-
A bad posture, especially for long time, puts an abnormally excessive load on the joints causing them to wear out faster. A healthy alignment of all the body joints during standing, sitting and walking can protect them from arthritis.
Be Healthy! Be Fit!