ARTHRITIS AWARENESS WEEK – MOVE WITH MICHELLE
Osteoarthritis is one of Australia’s leading health concerns, and this week is Arthritis Awareness Week, dedicated to raise awareness about the rise of Osteoarthritis cases in Australia.
Shocking statistics show osteoarthritis has skyrocketed since 2007, and there are many factors that could be the cause in this huge incline.
I’ve teamed up with Medibank Australia to help those who suffer from osteoarthritis learn more ways about managing their condition with safe exercises to help keep the pain minimal.
What causes osteoarthritis? There are many factors to consider; unfortunately as we get older we our risk of developing arthritis increases significantly.
Other factors include:
- Gender – women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis
- Joint injuries
- Bone deformities
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis it sure isn’t pleasant, but it can be prevented and managed by doing the following things:
- Stay active and move!
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to work a sweat or lift heavy weights – in fact it’s quite the opposite!
Safe exercises that aren’t too strenuous are vital in prevention and managing osteoarthritis as it helps strengthen muscles and joints.
Watch my video below to find some exercises that will help you manage arthritis.
- Eat nutritious and healthy food
As we know, obesity is one of the most common causes of osteoarthritis so it’s important to look after our diet.
Consume a healthy well-balanced diet and your body will love you for it in more ways than one
- Wear supportive footwear
You need to wear the right shoes so you can comfortably carry your body.
Of course high heels look great, but they are one of the worst type of shoes to wear as they can lead to joint pressure, which leads to osteoarthritis.
I hope we can raise enough awareness to prevent and manage osteoarthritis and eventually see Australia’s arthritis cases decrease in the future!