On Wednesday, October 12, the 15th annual World Arthritis Day was celebrated around the globe. The purpose of World Arthritis Day is to educate the public on healthy life style choices that can help treat, and even prevent, arthritis.
From Pakistan to Poland, from the US (where the Arthritis Foundation lit up the Empire State Building in blue) to South Africa, the world came together to get the word out about ways of preventing the deteriorating effects of arthritis.
This year’s theme was “Move to Improve” – emphasizing that although it can be difficult to move when you are in pain, even a little movement each day will help, and it’s important to incorporate some activity into your healthy life style.
Participating in World Arthritis Day programs in India, Dr. O. P. Garg, Rheumatologist at India’s BLK Speciality Hospital said, “While earlier and accurate diagnosis can help to prevent irreversible damage caused due to Arthritis, adopting a healthy lifestyle is the first step towards improvement under the treatment of such a condition.”
Incorporate these World Arthritis Day recommendations to prevent, or at least slow down, arthritis degeneration:
- Moderate exercise, which can help relieve stiffness and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, mild to moderate exercise can also help reduce pain.
- If you sit for long periods, especially at a desk, shift positions frequently and avoid sitting in one position for very long.
- Getting adequate sleep – and that means sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night, and even taking naps during the day, can help you recover from a flare-up more quickly. Some studies indicate that it might even help prevent future flare ups.
- Eat a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, full of delicious fruits and vegetables, which contain important vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E, and eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This includes walnuts, legumes, fish, olive oil and flaxseed oil.
- Maintaining a healthy weight will prevent extra weight and pressure being forced on joints and bones.
I will add another recommendation of my own. Your healthy life style should also include using the ergonomic UGLee Pen whenever you write. This scientifically-designed pen will help prevent stress and strain on delicate finger and hand joints, ligaments and tendons. If you already suffer from arthritis severe enough to make writing a chore, you’ll find the UGLee Pen easy to use, comfortable, and even relaxing.