How to control Arthritis?


The best way to have control of your arthritis is to know the basic steps:

Know your problem:

The more you know about a problem, the better you will be able to deal with it, and the better acquainted you are with arthritis, the better equipped you’ll be to overcome it.

Set your long-term goal:

Chances are you want to resume a much-loved activity like going for a walk on the beach, walking in a park, or playing with the children, for example—that arthritis has taken away from you. The best goals are specific, well-defined ones such as “I want to be able to walk a mile without pain.”

Decide on a strategy:

Once you have your goal, you need a treatment strategy for reaching it. Certainly, there is no lack of treatment approaches available. If so, you could take a number of approaches including weight loss, an exercise program, or using anti-inflammatory drugs.

Draw up your weekly take-charge plan:

For someone with arthritis, that old Chinese saying, ‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”, is literally and figuratively true. In creating your weekly take-charge plan, you decide on a short-term goal and then assign yourself specific actions for achieving that goal.

Put your take-charge plan into action:

Now comes the hard part: following through on the strategy you have devised. If your goal of losing a pound over the next week calls for cutting out 500 calories per day, you may have to skip that morning doughnut and afternoon cappuccino.

Monitor your progress:

As the week passes, note how well you have done in completing the actions you have assigned yourself in your take-charge plan. Congratulate yourself if you have been able to stick to your plan, but don’t punish or berate yourself if you did some backsliding. Nobody ever said that changing a habit was easy.

Adjust your action plan:

If you don’t attain the short-term goal called for in your weekly take-charge plan, figure out what went wrong and identify a way to correct it. If you lost only half a pound, maybe losing one pound a week was too ambitious. Or, as it turned out, maybe one pound was easy and you could safely lose a little more. Either way, you probably need to fine-tune your action plan.

Build on your success:

Success, as you know, is one of the best of all motivators. If you have achieved your short-term goal for one week, the momentum from the success will carry over into the following week—and inspire you to set a more ambitious goal. As you target and attain new goals, you will find yourself actually overcoming your arthritis in the process.

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