Tighten your laces and dust off your running shorts because the annual Jingle Bell Run is just around the corner!
Did you know nearly one in four Americans suffer from arthritis? This condition is the number one cause of disability in the United States. This year, help by running or walking for a cure at the Jingle Bell Run. The course features both a 5K and 1 mile lap.
When you sign up for the event, 100% of your proceeds go towards fighting the onset and development of arthritis. The event is hosted on the first day of December and is the longest running, holiday 5K series in history.
Dress up like your favorite holiday character and get ready to spread joy to millions of Americans.
What You Need to Know About Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition where the cartilage between the bones starts to degenerate. The most commonly affected joints are the hands, knees and hips.
As the cartilage wears away in these areas, the bones begin to rub against each other. Over time, they get worn down. For someone suffering from arthritis the pain is often consistent and debilitating.
While there are many treatments for the condition there isn’t a cure yet. Our team is proud to support the Arthritis Foundation in researching and learning more about the condition and how to provide expert relief to those suffering.
Even if you are never affected by arthritis in your life, chances are there will be people you love and care about that suffer from the condition.
How to Prevent Arthritis
Even someone with the best intentions can’t always prevent arthritis from occurring, especially if they’re genetically more susceptible to it.
However, there are some simple and healthy ways to reduce your chances of arthritis. First, eat a healthy diet with fish and other omega-3 rich foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the best nutrients for arthritic prevention and care.
The acids help control inflammation, which often causes a lot of pain in the joints.
Another way to reduce your chances is to keep your weight at the recommended level. Every extra pound over your recommended weight adds unnecessary and damaging pressure on your knees and joints.
It may be difficult as you get older and your joints feel stiffer to exercise regularly. However, research shows that maintaining your weight and exercising regularly goes a long way in not only preventing arthritis but also relieving the pain associated with it.
Lastly, be careful with movements involving your joints. Be especially cautious when lifting heavy objects. Picking things up the wrong way or continuing to work on an injured joint will increase the chance that you get arthritis later in life.
Register for the Jingle Bell Run
Want to learn more about arthritis and raise money for a good cause? Come to the Jingle Bell Run. There you will hear stories of dozens of people and how they cope every day. Plus, we’ll be there too! Feel free to talk to us at the race or call us with any questions you might have.