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Shed extra pounds. Excess weight exacerbates the inflammation and joint swelling of arthritis, leading to increased pain. Extra weight increases joint stress, and can cause the arthritis to flare up. When you lose the excessive weight, you will reduce the pressure on your joints and decrease the frequency and severity of your flare ups.
Stay active by taking a walk every evening for 20 minutes. You aren't trying to speed walk or run a marathon, you just need to keep your body in the habit of moving regularly and working out any stiffness in your joints. Regular walks will go a long way towards tempering your arthritis symptoms.
Store items on your countertop that you would normally place in your pantry to help avoid straining yourself in the kitchen. Make sure that you use lids that are lightweight and easy to remove. Simple changes like this can make your time in the kitchen more bearable.