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Arthritis: Taking Charge

  The best strategies to keep your arthritis in check

If you have arthritis, you better make friends with it. It's a tough fact to swallow; but more often than not, your arthritis is here to stay. There's little you can do to make it go away and no medication to "kill" it. But wait! Don't give up yet! There are ways to keep your joints moving as smoothly as possible and to cut down on the pain:

  • Lighten up!
    Cut down on carrying heavy stuff. Even less body weight keeps your joints from entering the "rusty" stage too early.
  • Keep moving!
    Giving your joints a good workout helps to keep them well oiled. Look for a water aerobics class for "weightless" joint lubrication!
  • Relax!
    Having to deal with painful joints is no walk on the beach. Refill your energy tank with a relaxing massage!
  • Keep your spirit up!
    It's easy to think about your arthritis all day long. Give it a time out! Help someone else or watch a funny movie!
  • Talk to your doctor!
    Arthritis medication can make a big difference, especially if you start early! Talk to your doctor when you're still on the move!

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