3 Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy When You Have Arthritis

Jan 08, 2015
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Staying fit and healthy can be a major accomplishment on its own. However, adding arthritis into the mix can make it seem like an impossible feat to accomplish. Fortunately, with the right exercise, natural herbs and incorporation of a healthy eating plan into your everyday regimen, you can enjoy a healthy, active and fit lifestyle.

Tip #1: Choose the Right Exercise

Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints of the body. While it was once considered a disability solely among individuals over the age of 55, young adults and children can also experience arthritis. With over 45 million people currently living with arthritis, dealing with the pain and staying fit can be a problem for most individuals.

Keep in mind that it’s always better to learn more about any disease while working with your doctor, and doing so helps you get a proper diagnosis. Finding the right exercises can be the key to alleviating your joint pain, too, and it can also help boost your flexibility, mood and outlook on life. You have to remember first that the primary benefit of exercise is to keep the joint muscles strong, and after clearance from your doctor, you can incorporate various low-impact activities into your lifestyle.

With that in mind, it’s good to know that a simple walk around the neighborhood on a daily basis can be enough to shed pounds. If you don’t want to go it alone, ask a partner or friend to join you on your walks. Bike riding, swimming and weight training with small amounts of weight are other activities that can burn calories and strengthen the joints. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi are other exercises that can help lessen the effects of arthritis. You can start by setting small goals such as 10 minutes per day. As you notice your body changing, you can work up to the recommended 30 minutes of exercise daily.[1]

Tip #2: Use Natural Herbs to Ease Symptoms

Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are just two of the over one hundred types of arthritis today. While medications can lessen the pain, many of them can cause serious side effects, especially if taken for long periods of time. Natural herbs have been shown to be helpful in patients who are dealing from many common forms of arthritis. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is an easily cultivated plant that is popular in Indian medicines and  can be used for some arthritis symptoms.

Brahmi and other similar herbs are known as nootropic compounds that can boost the memory. Brahmi has been used for cognitive diseases, allergies, IBS and ADHD. For individuals with arthritis, Brahmi can be used for back pain.[2] However, before taking any natural herb or supplement, it’s best to consult your physician first, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.[3]  Since it’s better to take herbs in their natural form versus a supplement, you can easily germinate your own Bacopa monnieri.

Whether you choose to grow in a hanging basket or container garden, the plant enjoys a long growing season typically from spring until the first frost. You can also start the seeds indoors and transplant to an outdoor container once the plants have taken. If you would like to learn how to germinate your own Bacopa monnieri, see the article How to Germinate Bacopa by SF Gate.

Tip #3: Incorporate a Healthy Eating Plan into Your Life

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to arthritis. Simple dietary changes can help combat the stiffness, loss of function and soreness that often accompany arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids such those found in walnuts, trout, flaxseeds and salmon can often relieve joint pain and inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussel sprouts can prove protective when it comes to arthritis. Vitamin D, C, olive oil and ginger are other food sources that can aid arthritic individuals who are trying to keep fit. [4]

While the joints in your body may find it more soothing to sit, the above simple tips can help in its transformation. By choosing the best activities, a healthy diet and natural herbs, you can take your arthritis in the right direction.

Have you found any special tips that helped you stay fit and healthy with arthritis? Be sure to let us know about them in the comments.

[1] How Stuff Works: 10 Exercises for People with Arthritis.

[2] WebMD: Find a Vitamin or Supplement – Brahmi.

[3] Peak Nootropics: Are Nootropics Safe?

[4] Healthline: 8 Foods That Fight Arthritis.

Author: Jade Rich

  • bobl07

    Thank you for the tips. I have several friends and family with arthritis.

  • Jade351

    Hi Bob. You’re very welcome! Let me know if the tips help your friends and family.

  • Ijon Tichy

    Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) is also a best natural nootropic and cognitive enhancer. Brahmi has a long history of use in the Ayurvedic medicine tradition in the treatment of a number of disorders, particularly those involving anxiety, intellect and poor memory. It is currently being marketed in Western countries as a memory enhancing agent. Studies have shown that the herb contains many active constituents, including a number of alkaloids and saponins, however, the major constituents are the steroidal saponins, Bacosides A and B.
    Studies also shown that Bacopa protects against alzheimer’s disease: https://nootropicsjet.com/bacopa-monnieri-protects-against-alzheimers-disease/

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