Regular walking helps protect from Rheumatoid arthritis, which leads to swelling and redness in joints, and movement restriction. Arthritis is a chronic disease group known as inflammatory rheumatism. Arthritis is seen in every age group from 7 to 70. It affects the social life of the patient and can even shorten the life span.
Arthritis affects muscles, bones and internal organs and other parts of the body as well as joints. The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation doctors say that this disease can be diagnosed with simple blood tests and x-rays.
But, sometimes, advanced tests may be needed for diagnosis. After the diagnosis the treatment period starts. The main goal in the treatment of arthritis is to improve the quality of life of the patient. Arthritis drug treatments are tried to be supported by changes in lifestyle and appropriate exercise practices.
Regular physical exercise, the protection of ideal body weight, regular sleep staying away from cigarettes and stress helps reduce the severity of the disease. Even walking regularly increases muscle strength, flexibility of joints and muscles. Physical activity is required for all age groups. Even in normal weight, we need to do physical activity. We can use step counters to count our steps and keep track of the ups and downs. The recommended number of daily steps for an adult is 13-15 thousand. Physical activity should start slowly. With different suggestions to start a walk, we can usually start with a 20 minute walk three days a week firstly, and increase our walk count and distance every week. Stretching movements before and after walking allow us to relax our muscles and make daily movements easier. We should choose lightweight footwear, walking shoes, footwear with foot support. Physical activity not only helps us to stay healthy, but also it helps to stay away from such diseases.