4 Ways To Maintain Joint Health

 

A life of moving means a life of wear and tear. This includes the deteriorating of our joints – it’s sad but it’s just apart of getting older. However this does not mean that we need to stop exercising or stop doing what we love. It just means that we need to take more care in what we do and how we look after our joints.

A joint is where two or more bones meet and connect. The joints help the bones to roll, rotate and bend. They also take impacts, so that our bones don’t break. Just like suspension in a car, joints keep us agile and comfortable when moving. Joints are very important but are also susceptible to wear and tear. That is why we must look after them as best as possible. So here are 4 ways in which you can maintain your joint health.

1. A Healthy Posture

Poor posture can lead to joint deterioration. When the body is not aligned correctly, some of the joints experience more pressure than others, which can cause deterioration. We spend much of our day in a certain posture and so it is very important to get it right.

Try to work on straightening up your posture by placing the weight in your heels, keeping your legs parallel and your back straight, but not arched. This can take some practice and time, as most of us are use to slouching over a desk. Good posture however will reduce the bones rubbing together.

2. A Healthy Diet With Supplements

You know the old saying “you are what you eat”. Well it is true – your body is made up of what you eat. So by choosing the right foods you can maintain your bone and joint health. Plus when you are at a healthy weight range, this means less pressure on the joints.

The best thing to do is try to cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt. These foods make the bones more brittle and the body weaker. Try to eat whole foods – that is foods in their original form. Eat lots of protein and greens especially fish and nuts.

If you feel that you are at an age where you need an extra boost then think about taking some supplements. For joint health you can take glucosamine, fish oil, calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

3. Keep Up The Exercise

It doesn’t matter how old you are, exercise is very important. It is imperative to continue to exercise and move your joints to keep them healthy and mobile. You should be stretching daily, walking daily and exercising daily. Those who already have joint problems or pain should avoid high impact exercise that include jumping and bounding.

4. Maintain Your Range of Motion

Joints become stiff over time and so it is important to maintain their range of motion. All joints in your body have a healthy range of motion. Joints keep their healthy range of motion by being stretched, exercised and used consistently. So it is essential to move all your joints, every single day, to keep them in working order. Without movement or exercises, either due to a sedentary lifestyle, age or pain, joints become stiff. Stiff joints cause discomfort and can make it difficult for you to move about freely and go about your day to day life.

Look after your joints because they are the only ones you have!

Laska Varkaris
Trainer and Body Transformations Coach
Dynamic Boxing Fitness 

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