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Arthritis

Learn how weight loss can decrease the effects of arthritis and help you live a better, more comfortable, life.

How Body Weight Can Lead to Arthritis Disability



How Body Weight Can Lead to Arthritis Disability

When Margaret started experiencing arthritis pain, she felt she needed to slow down so she lowered her level of physical activity to alleviate some of her discomfort. Somehow, the problem just got worse, and she gained more weight. The more weight she gained, the more pain she felt.

Millions of Americans suffer like Margaret from arthritis, and try to avoid inflammation by reducing their levels of physical activity. On the contrary, reducing overall physical activity to cope with arthritis is a recipe for disaster. The inflexibility and weight gain that follows by reducing physical activity only makes arthritis pain progressively worse.

Research shows that not just discomfort, but physical disability due to arthritis rises remarkably if you gain more weight. People who are overweight have a higher risk of getting arthritis, getting it earlier in life, and experience greater impairments to mobility and activity because of it. Not to mention, the medical expenses associated with arthritis disability are often staggering.

There is hope, as research shows even the smallest amount of weight loss can have a significant impact in reversing disability caused by arthritis.

I'm here to tell you that there is real hope amid the pain. If a few committed dietary changes are what it takes to be able to move again, then that's a small price to pay for freedom.

Even though you may be in pain, it is important to eat healthy balanced meals in conjunction with an effective exercise schedule. As mentioned before, it is a big mistake to halt physical activity completely, but it doesn't mean you have to jump full speed into a workout routine either.

Start exercising at a slower pace, and then gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. In order to combat the arthritis pain you are dealing with, find a series of stretching exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own living room, and that you can easily do no matter where you are.

By gradually stretching your muscles, and by eating a healthy balanced diet, this combination will help your body fight off inflammation, and your pain from arthritis should start to become easier for you to manage.

Eating the right balance of meals is also very important. To ward off the effects of inflammation, meals that are balanced with proper nutrients can actually stop inflammation before it starts. Omega-3's found in various kinds of freshwater fish are a natural remedy to arthritis pain, because they can actually help soothe outbursts of inflammation.

By eating the right meals, and by starting on an effective exercise schedule, you can fight off the effects of arthritis, and live a healthier, happier life at the same time.

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