Your knees support half of your body weight. However, conditions brought by aging and other health factors deteriorate the knees and hinders one to perform even the simplest tasks like walking, running, twisting and bending. Osteoarthritis is the most common condition that affects the knees. The most common misconception about osteoarthritis is that, when you have it, you should not be moving a lot. Although it is really a challenge to move when your joints are inflamed, being active will lessen the stiffness and soothe the inflammation of the joints. One of the reasons why you have arthritis in the first place is because of your sedentary lifestyle. Although the hope for a cure is somewhat bleak since osteoarthritis of the knees is a chronic condition, there are ways to treat or lessen its effects. These things include the do’s and don’ts, or simply the things that you should and should not be doing if you have the condition. Here are 5 activities that knee arthritis sufferers should avoid:
1.Couch Potato Lifestyle
Also known as sedentary lifestyle. This is very common to those who are working in the office. Due to their hectic schedule, being active is somehow difficult because for some of them, there are tasks that they need to prioritize, and exercising is not one of these. Plus, those who already have the condition think that they can’t exercise, and resting or just staying still will make the pain and inflammation go away. It is important that you get a rest at the end of a tiring day for your body to recharge and for your muscles to relax, however, it should not become your way of life.
2. Eating inflammation-inducing foods
Usually, the foods that you should not eat are your biggest temptations. They will always look scrumptious to you, but think twice before giving in. You will have to choose between a glimpse of heaven, or a lifetime of torture (via pain). Ideally, you’ll chose to do what is right, however, it is not always easy to do and adhere to. Even if your doctor already advised it, which seems like you can’t eat any food at all because almost all of your favorites is included in the “must not eat” list, it is still challenging to follow. Here are the list of foods that you usually eat which causes joint inflammation:
- Vegetable oil
- Fried foods
- Refined flour
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial additives
- Saturated fats
- Conventional grain-fed meats
- Processed meats
- Gluten from store-bought bread
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Trans-fat foods
- Fast foods
3. Not exercising
As mentioned earlier, because having arthritis is very painful, sufferers don’t want to move anymore so they don’t get to exercise at all. It is one of some sufferers’ misconceptions about arthritis. The truth is, it’s the other way around. Inactivity will make the condition worse, but exercising will make it better due to its proven effects such as releasing joint stiffness and strengthening your bones and muscles. Improved mobility is what exercising has to offer. Since your knees are one of the key parts of your mobility, then exercising would be a great help to oil your rusty joints. Most importantly, talk to your doctor about your condition and he’ll know what level of exercises you can’t perform. You don’t need to go intense with exercises, even slow and gentle exercises will do. Also, you can listen to your body first. You’re the only one who can tell the intensity of exercise your body can take.
4. Unbalanced diet
You are what you eat, and this is true! What and how you eat actually shows in the body type you have. Although some foods, as mentioned earlier, has a direct effect on your joints by inducing or worsening inflammation, some of the food you eat have a direct relationship to your body weight. Your knees support almost your whole body weight and the pressure that is given to it is really great. If you are going to add extra pounds to your weight, with your inflamed knees, walking can be very excruciating. We have different body types. Your body’s metabolism works totally different from the others. Some might be faster, some might be slower. The first step that you need to do is to know your body well, then create your diet strategy. If you need to count calories, the do it. It might be a lot of work but the results will be priceless.
5. Giving in to the condition leading to depression
Generally, having arthritis can change your life. The pain and immobility can be very emotionally torturing, especially when you’re impeded to do the things you love or the things you used to do. You might think that life is unfair because of it but don’t give in to these negative feelings. You are not alone in this fight! There are many people who share the same experiences as you are, but always remember the following:
- There is always a hope for you as long as you believe. Realistically, there might not be a cure for arthritis but you can improve your total well being by being active through exercise, eating healthy foods, and losing weight.
- Mind over matter. Your arthritis does not sum up who you are as a person. It is just a condition. If you put that in mind, you can be happier.
- Pour your heart into your resolution to fight knee arthritis and make it your way of life. Change of lifestyle might be very hard, but if you put your heart into it, you will succeed. Remember that a behavior takes only 21 days to become a habit. Just keep doing it until it just comes out naturally.