What Activities Should I Avoid to Prevent Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects the joints and can lead to joint deformities and loss of function. To prevent arthritis, it is important to avoid certain activities that can cause further damage to the joints. Running, jogging, jumping rope, high-impact aerobics, and any other exercise in which both feet are lifted off the floor at the same time should be avoided. Hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga, is a new exercise trend that should be avoided as well.

Gentle forms of yoga or tai chi can help improve balance and posture, prevent falls, and relieve tension. Aim for at least two 20- to 30-minute sessions a week of strength exercises. Try doing 8 to 10 repetitions of each exercise with weight or 10 to 15 repetitions without weights or with lighter weights. Stretch at least 4 to 5 days a week and hold each stretch for 10 to 15 seconds.

You can stretch at the end of your workouts or in the morning when you wake up. Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can increase the risk of developing knee arthrosis within 10 to 15 years. This risk exists even for people who have surgery to repair a torn ACL. People with arthritis have a 61 percent higher risk of developing diabetes, and people with diabetes have a 47 percent higher risk of developing arthritis.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, people with psoriatic arthritis should know about their safety and effectiveness. Long-term studies have shown that even people with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can benefit from moderate-intensity weight-bearing activity.

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