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Managing Arthritis in Low-Income Communities


Can You Manage Arthritis?

Alterations to your way of life can be helpful in managing arthritis, and you can make these adjustments.


Your pain, function, happiness, and overall quality of life can all be improved by engaging in physical activity that is beneficial to your joints if you suffer from arthritis.


Sports with low impact are beneficial to your joints because they do not place as much strain on your body as high-impact sports do. Since this is the case, the likelihood of you getting wounded is reduced.[1] 


Do You Have Pain During Exercise?

  • It is normal to have pain, swelling, or stiffness after starting a new exercise.[1] 

  • The pain, stiffness, and tiredness that come with arthritis may come and go, and you may have good days and bad days in a row. Change the things you do so you can stay as busy as possible without making your symptoms worse.

Joint- Friendly Exercise Can Include:

Being active can also help people with arthritis deal with other long-term conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, and it can also delay the onset of disability linked to arthritis.[1]

Engaging In Regular Exercise:

  • When beginning physical activity, it is essential to begin gradually and monitor your body's tolerance.[3]
  • Any physical activity is better than none.
  • Arthritis sufferers ought to strive for 150 minutes of physical activity per week, or approximately 21 minutes per day.[1]

The Benefit Of Weight Management:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent or manage Arthritis. [4]
  • Individuals who are overweight may place additional strain on joints such as the knees and hips. [4]
  • Individuals with arthritis may experience pain reduction and enhanced physical function through weight loss. [4]

Consuming A Healthy Diet:

  • A balanced diet will include a variety of foods that are good for you. In the beginning, fad diets could appear to be beneficial; nevertheless, in the long run, they are typically hazardous, they restrict the consumption of nutrients, and they produce results that are not satisfactory. [4]

  • You can help yourself remain healthy both now and as you become older by ensuring that you maintain a healthy weight. Obese people, on the other hand, are more likely to suffer from a wide range of serious illnesses and conditions than people who maintain a healthy weight. This is because obesity is a risk factor for several diseases and conditions. [4]


Low- Cost Exercise Options Include:

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For More Ideas on Managing Your Arthritis Check Out These Available Resources:

  • Find an arthritis support group
  • Arthritis support group and mental wellness support
  • CalFreshoffers financial support for groceries to those who qualify
  • California offers Medicaid health insurance for those who qualify
  • Free and Affordable healthcare clinics in California
  • Good Rx  helps find cheaper prescription medication
  • VitaCosthelps individuals find vitamins, supplements, healthy foods, and other items at cheaper costs
  • Kaiseroffers memberships and gear discounts for their members
  • Health Net offers a wellness program to their members 


Choosing a healthy plant-based and vegan diet is most beneficial when it comes to:

  • Higher levels of energy;

  • Improved sleep;

  • Aids in energy and overall happiness;

  • Provides a sense of comfort and relief;

  • Could prevent major diseases such as obesity and diabetes;

  • Accomplish weight-loss and management; and

  • Improves mental and cognitive functioning.

There are really no excuses not to try healthier habits in your everyday life. If you are a man or woman looking for specific benefits of adopting healthier habits or just want to know about the general healing properties of herbs. Please remember to comment or post any health questions, or contact us directly!

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Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes

Hello! My name is Maria. My lovely fiancé & I live in Los Angeles, CA. We both grew up in California and definitely appreciate the weather. I completed my bachelor's degree at UC Irvine. I got a degree in Chicano Latinos Studies and another in Sociology. I am currently pursuing my master's in public health at Southern New Hampshire University, and I intend to graduate around May 2024.

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