No pain now could mean lot's of pain later.
The leading cause of disability in nearly half the elderly population is arthritis. Years of "living life to the fullest" can catch up to you in your later years. Wearing high-heels, weekend football games, and even simply walking are going to contribute to arthritis in your older age. However, just because it seams unavoidable doesn't mean you can't do anything about it.
These are the keys to prevention:
- Avoid overuse of joints
- Steady, regular exercise (short bursts on the weekends do you more harm than good)
- Stay off a joint if you feel pain
- Manage your weight. A study by Framingham study on osteoarthritis showed that losing just 11 pounds can reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knees by 50%.