Noticing stiffness or pain in your joints when you first get up? Actually, it could be arthritis. Your doctor can help you find out for sure, but a few other cues are:
- Swelling, warmth or redness in one or more of your joints
- Having a hard time moving a joint the way you used to
With osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type, the cartilage cushioning your joints gets thin. But you don’t have to let that stop you from going strong. Here are some hints to help you move past arthritis pain and keep your joints flexible:
- Try low-impact exercise.* Squeeze in a regular Pilates class or a few laps in the pool to stay toned without stressing your joints.
- Change your position, often. When typing, clicking or doing anything repetitive, take breaks and remember to mix it up.
*Make sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing a workout plan.