Injuries and gout can be a cause of joint pain and arthritis. Some people feel this disease is hereditary. If you have arthritis you will have swelling around the joints.
When losing weight it will help take the pressure off the joints, thus causing a little less pain. Diet and exercise can make a person more comfortable and make day to day living a little less painful.
A good lesson to start with is to eat only when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. Bodies need vitamins, nutrients and minerals. A way to get these is to eat the right amounts of milk, fruit, grains, proteins and beans. Eating this way will give you lots of energy if you keep them balanced. This need not be a new diet but a healthy habit.
Eating right will give you more energy, help you lose weight, thus causing less pressure on the joints. This needs to be a way of life, not a temporary diet. You will feel better and be able to cope with the joint pain better.
Arthritis will be much better if treated with exercise. Endurance will increase as well as flexibility. The muscles around the joints will decrease and reduce stiffness, thus giving pain relief. Hurting yourself is not possible because of exercise, it will only do well.
Exercise should be moderate and pushing yourself is not necessary. Start with something easy like walking, biking, etc. If you are afraid to do these then consider water walking or swimming. These are all great ways to start an exercise program.
Going on the internet you can even find suggested exercises that will help you. If you are a golfer then golf. Some people like yoga. Starting off with stretching exercises will get you ready for your workout.
Discuss what you plan on doing with your doctor. Some doctors will prescribe physical therapy to teach you the best exercises and may offer you some devices so you do not cause addition stress on the joints. We must get all the information so we can take proper care of ourselves.
Over the counter pain medications are abundant. There are lotions and ointments and pills to help with pain. Experimenting to see what works for you is the best thing to do. This disease is a chronic one so learning to live with it is very important.
Consistency is needed to eat well all the time and to exercise. These things on occasion will not help you. Taking control over your body is what is needed to make the best of this joint pain.
Making a plan of action is very important. Write down what foods you need to buy and what exercise you will do at least 4 times a week. Now, look at what you wrote and go shopping and buy it. Next start on your exercise plan and check it off as you do it. This will help you follow your plan and soon it will be your new lifestyle.