Joints are points in the human body where two bones are connected together. Examples of these are located in the elbows, knees, hips, shoulders, wrists, ankle, and back. As we age, the cartilages surrounding the joints weaken. Ergo, this stiffness makes it harder to move joints and may lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis and arthritis.
Fortunately, we’ve got tips on how to maintain the health of these joints so you avoid or limit the advance of these painful conditions in your body. Take our word for it, therapy for these cost like a hundred times more than medicine for muscle pain.
Tip #1: Do some weight watching
The number of pounds in your body weight is directly related to your joints’ health. Important joints such as your knee and back support most of your body weight. Studies have proven that losing 1 lb. is equivalent to taking 4 lbs. of pressure off from those joints. Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, an orthopedic surgeon from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, says that dropping a few pounds decreases the development of arthritis. That’s a pretty good motivation.
Tip #2: Know how to carry
Yes, this sounds simple, but this rule is unknowingly violated every so often. So how do we properly carry? According to an online article published by Health24.com, joint injury is caused by lugging things improperly. When bending, don’t use your back. Do use your knees. Also, carry items that weigh 25 kg or less. In pounds, that’s 55 lbs. and below.
Tip #3: Exercise
Like putting oil on a gate hinge so it works like new, exercise prevents stiffness of one’s joints. It also helps one lose weight as well, so that’s a win-win for you right there. We’d suggest engaging in daily physical activity in the morning for about 30 minutes, tops.
Tip #4: Get macho
Aside from exercise, muscle building is also an essential method of protecting your joints. According to research, muscles support your joints. Before doing this, however, get an opinion from your trainer and doctor. To start right, you have to make sure that you have no existing physical injuries.
Tip #5: Do daily stretches
Now you’ll see the purpose of stretching before you exercise or doing anything in general. Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph from Rush University Medical Center says that cartilage is nourished by joint fluid when joints are stretched. He also recommends yoga and Pilates to improve the joints’ range of movement.
With these tips, work on safeguarding the good physical condition of your joints before it’s too late. You know what they say: Prevention is better than cure.
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