They say that staying active is the best way to prevent osteoarthritis. That said, if you wake up in the morning with stiff joints, that could very well be the start of this condition. You have to understand that this can hit any gender at any age, and it is to be noted that it often affects women that are 45 years old and older. The stiffness can be felt in the knees, hips, neck, hands as well as the lower back.
Medication can help but managing once weight by losing those extra pounds can go a long way towards reducing stress on the joints. Further, hot and cold relief can also ease stiffness and pain. The most important and probably the best treatment is to keep moving. Physical activity helps to reduce pain and boost the flexibility of the joints.
Isn’t this another reason to get moving? Walking is not only good for my 8 pounds excess weight, but also in warding off osteoarthritis.