When you are young, it can be easy to underestimate your joints and bones. You take your joint health for granted until age catches up with you. Over time, your joints can wear down, which is quite painful. Unfortunately, you cannot reverse the damage. However, with these tips, you can help treat the pain and prevent your future joint damage.
- Get Your Weight Under Control: The first step to better joints is to make sure your weight is under control. This is not the easiest for many individuals, but it is necessary. Carrying extra weight only adds more pressure and stress to your joints. It is said that every ten pounds you lose, you will reduce your pain by 20 percent. Losing weight can be much more beneficial than pain medications!
- Try Aerobic Exercises: Frequent pains may have you shunning exercise. However, inactivity will make the pain and stiffness worse. Regular exercise will help boost blood flow throughout your body, allowing your joints and cartilage to get the nourishment they need. You don’t have to partake in high-impact activities. Instead, look for low-impact exercises that you could do most days, such as walking, swimming, and cycling.
- Strengthen Those Muscles: Building up muscles can help support your joints too. It is best to build up the muscles around joints that are in pain. The best way to do this is to visit a personal trainer or physical therapist. This way, they can show you which exercises to do to benefit you and your joints.
- Keep Flexible: Here’s some good news; the more joints move, them more they get nourishing joint fluid. A great way to get joints moving is through stretching and flexibility-increasing exercises. Exercises like yoga, Pilates, or tai chi, help increase your flexibility and mobility, while giving you a great stretch.
- Try a Glucosamine Supplement: Adding a glucosamine supplement to your diet may help reduce joint pain and protect your cartilage.
Your joints may not be as healthy as they were when you were younger, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in pain. Treat your joints with care with the above tips. The earlier you start to protect your joints, the better.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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