Keeping healthy, particularly when you have arthritis, can be challenging. While there's no one-size-fits-all approach to looking
after your health and managing your arthritis, H.A.P.P.Y. helps us remember the key things we can do each day to prevent or manage
arthritis, and to look after our overall health.
Aim for a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of developing arthritis. Carrying extra weight can increase the load on your joints, while being underweight can mean you don't have the muscles needed to protect your joints.
Everyone's ideal weight is different, so it's important to work with your healthcare team to work out what is healthy for you.
Keeping active helps make sure the parts that support our joints (muscles, ligaments and tendons) are kept healthy and strong. It's also great for our overall health and wellbeing, including our heart and mental health.
Flexibility, strength building, balance, and aerobic exercises all help reduce our arthritis risk, but always check with your Doctor before starting anything new.
Protect Your Joints
Protect your joints by looking for ways to keep them free from uneeded stress or strain. Some examples of ways to do this include planning and pacing out activities to avoid overloading joints, or using the strongest and largest muscles to do a job.
Make Positive Choices
An unhealthy diet, smoking and high levels of alcohol can all increase our risk of arthritis. No diet or food can completely prevent or cure arthritis, but eating a healthy, balanced diet helps us maintain a healthy weight and is great for overall health and wellbeing.
Smoking and alcohol intake can place uneeded stress on our body, and are best avoided.
Assemble Your Healthcare Team
Your healthcare team play an important role in helping you to prevent or manage arthritis, and looking after your overall health. Everyone's healthcare team will be different, and may include medical professionals and allied health professionals.
The best place to start is with your GP, who can then help make referrals to specialists when needed.
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