Joints are something that we all have. By design, they should last an entire lifetime. Overeating and gaining weight is one of the worst and easiest ways to ruin them. A pattern of weight gain and excess pressure will lead to complications with you personal health and potentially cost you lots of money.

One of the most common topics of discussion in the medical community deals with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Because of its viral potential to harm your body, knowing exactly what to do to reduce your chances of developing it are critical to your short and long-term well-being.

One of the best things that you can do for your joints is to avoid as much as possible, over-stressing them with excess amounts of body weight. In areas like the hips, knees or feet, more stress can result in more pain. A study conducted in 2007 revealed that being overweight makes it tougher for your body to bring rheumatoid arthritis into remission.

One of the best things that you can do to help yourself reduce opportunities for stress and rheumatoid arthritis is to stay active. Exercising on a routine basis will aid your joints to function, decrease stiffness, and relate fatigue. Furthermore, it helps alleviate strain on sore joints by strengthening the muscles that support them. A consistent exercise regiment can also help reduce your risk of heart disease and heart disease, which sometimes are associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Simply being active is not enough. Understanding which exercises are and which ones are not appropriate will be key to your success and will minimize any potential harm to your joints. Select exercises that place the minimum amount of body weight on your joints. Examples of this include light weight lifting, swimming, and riding a stationary bike.

Aside from bad exercising, smoking is another point to take note of. Research produced in recent years has shown that smoking increases your risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Current smokers are less likely to respond to two specific types of common treatments- methotrexate and a select few antibiotics called TNF inhibitors than non-RA patients.

Recent research has shown that being overweight, a lack of exercise or performing the wrong exercises, and smoking all increase your chances of developing or worsening rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition to these strategies, understanding what tools are available to you will play an even larger role and can reduce stress some 20-30%. For more information on specific assistive devices that can support both small and large joints, sign up at the bottom to receive a free 5 day course or monthly mailing list.