Coming up to the winter months alot of us will be feeling a little stiff and not able or wanting to exercise but is it just normal aches and pains or could it be artheritis.
What is artheritis?
Artheritis is a painful inflamation of your joints that cause stiffness and restriction of movement.
It effects more than 10 million people in the UK and there are more than 2000 different types varying different parts of the body.
The most commonly named is osteoartheritis which is caused by a breakdown of joint cartilage and there is also rheumatoid artheritis which is a chronic inflamation.
Artheritis effects people of all ages and it is not clear why or how it is caused but there are ways of managing the pain and you can still be active from taking anti-inflamatory medication or excersice and eating a healthy diet.
Try if you can to walk instead of getting a bus or car to exercise those joints, having a partner to walk with you will make you more eager to do it.
There are certain foods that people say trigger their artheritis such as corn, malt, oranges, tomatoes, bacon, beef, sugar and caffeine so try to stay clear of these foods if you are suffering from it.
Yoga has been found to be the perfect exercise .
Moving your whole body keeps it lubricated and flexible and yoga helps keep posture at its best allowing those hips, elbows, knees and ankles to be balanced perfectly.
Take a few minutes each day standing tall and expanding your spine , this helps straighten and strengthen your spine whilst lengthening your vertibrae and allowing you to move more freely.
Try eating Omega 3 fat acid foods. Salmon and mackerel twice a week or even a Seven seas cod liver oil helps keep the joints lubricated.