Living with Arthritis

(CARLSBAD, CA) –According to the Arthritis Foundation, 46 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and two-thirds of these people are under the age of 65.

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability and the third leading cause of work limitation in the United States. Daily aches and pains seem inevitable for the millions of people living with the disease, as arthritis robs its victims of the freedom to do many of the activities that they used to enjoy.

Fortunately, good news is on the horizon. There are proactive steps you can take to increase your quality of life while dealing with arthritis.

  • Pair-Up Your Foods – Feeling lethargic? Eat the right combination of foods to boost your energy level. Try the combination of whole grain bread and orange juice. An insufficiency of iron can leave you feeling exhausted. Whole grain bread is packed with iron, and drinking one-half cup of orange juice gives your body enough vitamin C to absorb twice the amount of iron than eating the same amount of bread solo.
  • Break a Sweat – Don’t let worries about pain, limited mobility, or fears of injury keep you from working up a sweat. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests talking with a certified fitness instructor before you start working out. Ask your instructor for ways to modify exercises, particularly to minimize stress on your joints.
  • Stretch It Out – Even if you’re participating in cardio and strength training exercise on a regular basis, it’s not enough if you are neglecting to stretch. Women with osteoarthritis who participated in an 18-week study at Temple University School of Medicine gained better posture, balance, and range of motion when they engaged in yoga-based stretching programs.
  • Check Your Meds – Whether you are taking steroids or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), there are always risks. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of any medication before you begin taking it. Ask about possible side effects. Pay attention to how your body feels, and keep a journal to note the changes in your body when you start a new medication.
  • Take Depression Seriously – In a recent study from the Canadian Community Health Survey, people with arthritis were found to suffer from depression twice as often as those without arthritis. If you find yourself singing the blues, don’t dismiss your feelings. Talk to your doctor about possible medication or therapy options.
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Take time each day to do something that makes you happy. Whether it’s reading a book, planting a garden, or going out to lunch with friends, it’s important to cultivate social relationships and enjoy some alone time.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, each 60-minute Jazzercise group fitness class offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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