Pick, pour or peel
If you are looking for a tasty, healthy treat, reach for an orange — or a tall glass of orange juice. Why? Recent research has shown the importance of vitamin C and other antioxidants in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis and its progression.
Have a good laugh
Read a book of jokes, rent a funny movie or watch your favorite sit-com or stand-up comedian. Laughing — even when you feel like crying from agony — can relax muscles, relieve pain and even boost your immune system.
Play it safe in the sun
Protect yourself when you go out into the sun — wear sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. Some forms of arthritis, as well as certain medications, can leave you more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays.
Take a hike
Choose your favorite spots (indoors and out) and make plans to walk them at least once a week. Walking is the ideal exercise for most people with arthritis. It burns calories, strengthens muscles and builds denser bones — all without jarring fragile joints.
Sit, soak and soothe
A warm bath before bed can relieve muscle tension, ease aching joints and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Treat your muscles
Find a certified massage therapist and treat yourself to a good rub down. The benefits vary from person to person but may include decreased pain and increased circulation, energy and flexibility. And besides, it just feels good.
Be sure to tell your doctor about the medications you’re taking, both prescription and over the counter. Don’t forget to mention any nutritional supplements you’re taking, too. All medications — even natural ones — have the potential to cause side effects or to react adversely with each other.