Tips To Keep Your Joints Healthy
Posted on: 12/02/2016
Stiff neck. Sore fingers. Aching hips. If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of the many Americans who suffer from joint pain. Keeping your joints healthy is of vital importance when it comes to every day comfort and mobility, especially as you get older. Don’t let your body’s age stop you from enjoying the things you like to do. Here are some tips that will help your joints stay healthy.
Move, Move, Move.
While we all need our rest and relaxation, being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to keep your joints healthy. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a pick-up game of basketball or even just a simple stretch routine, try and schedule some time in your day to get up and move.
Although there is no specific diet that will prevent or cure joint pain, a balanced diet can help with weight loss, which in turn, puts less stress on your joints, especially in you knees, hips and feet. Adding fish to your diet is also helpful for joint tenderness–the high abundance of omega-3 fatty acids helps to lower inflammation.
Less Stress, More Strength.
Try to avoid positions or movements that put extra stress on your joints, and use your muscles to your advantage, instead. For example, don’t push open heavy doors with your fingers or wrists— rather, open them with the side of your arm or shoulder.
Give your joints some support. Try wearing braces when taking on physical activities—or even if you are just lounging at home. The compression effect that braces provide can keep bones in place and reduce swelling – particularly in your knees and elbows.
Streamline Your Surroundings.
Simplifying your life’s activities can lighten the burden on your joints. Whether it’s buying non- iron shirts, organizing your storage areas to avoid unnecessary bending and reaching, or modifying your home to help with your comfort, your joints will thank you for being mindful of their movements.
Don’t Be Embarrassed. Ask For Help.
Know your limits, and let others know your limits, too. Asking for assistance with daily activities shows that you know what you are and aren’t capable of – and that you are adept at taking care of your body.
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