Our joints experience a lot of wear and tear each and every day from either doing too much or doing too little. As we age, our joints will likely begin to ache because of the natural ways we use our bodies. All that said, there are ways we can take better care of our joints that will help relieve stiffness and give us more ease of motion as we go about our active lives.
Here are some simple ways you can take better care of your joints and ensure they remain strong and healthy:
• Stay in motion. This is the golden rule of joint health. The more you move, the more blood flow you have going to your joints and the less stiff you will feel. If you find yourself sitting often, try taking a walk or some other moderate exercise to get your body moving.
• Wait to stretch. When you are getting ready for a workout, do a light warm-up before you stretch. This will loosen the joints, ligaments and the tendons in your body to prepare for a stretch, which can otherwise leave you feeling uncomfortable if your muscles are cold.
• Try low-impact exercises. Opting for low-impact exercises that are less stressful on your joints are better for folks with aches and pains. Some of these exercises include walking, bicycling, swimming or yoga. Remember, the impact of walking on concrete can be tough on your knees so if walking is your go-to exercise, whenever possible, walk on softer ground like grass or around a rubber track.
• Eat more anti-inflammatory foods. Incorporating more foods high in Omega-3 will help reduce inflammation in your body, including your joints. Examples of these types of foods include fish, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables.
Strong joint health will keep you feeling great and help you remain active as you age. If you are experiencing abnormal joint pain, ask questions early and visit your doctor to discuss a rehabilitation and treatment plan that is best for you.
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