Taking Care of Your Joints

You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your joints. Joints play an important role while performing any type of physical activity and the healthier and more flexible they are the easier the activity is.

 Practicing good posture is vital because posture affects your entire body and bad posture can put unnecessary stress on your joints including joints in your neck, back, hips, and knees. Hold your head up as if you have a glass of water on top of your head. Remember to suck in your stomach, lift your chin and pull your shoulders back. Properly fitting shoes make good posture easier and high heels cause incredible strain on your joints.

Essential oils such as Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been shown to help joint pain by increasing anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that help control inflammation.

Take a glucosamine supplement daily. Glucosamine, which is made up of glucose and the amino acid glutamine, actually helps repair damaged articular joint tissue. It aids in the production of more proteoglycans which are responsible for forming a protective netting within the articular cartilage, which helps prevent its destruction.  

Consume vitamin C and E. Vitamins C and E are very important to immune and skin properties but they also promote good joint health? A regular intake of these two vitamins has been proven to slow the rate of cartilage degeneration and maintain overall joint function.  

One of the best ways is to keep our joints healthy is to do weight training exercises. Weight training builds muscle and helps support the joints so that the joints don’t have to do all the work. Stretching is also beneficial and keeps joints flexible. Make exercise a priority. You’ll be able to reduce soreness and pain in joints, but in addition you will improve your general flexibility. You can also strengthen muscles through exercise.

It’s hard on joints to bear more weight than necessary, therefore, what we weigh matters. Carrying around extra weight can cause cartilage breakdown around your joints. Just 10 pounds of extra weight puts 5 times the added stress on your joints. So 10 pounds of extra weight is like 50 pounds to your joints. Find out what your healthy weight is and follow a fitness and diet plan to reach it.  

Cheryl is an independent Beachbody coach http://www.fitnesswithcheryl.com and the weight loss examiner for examiner.com Charleston WV edition http://www.examiner.com/x-16740-Charleston-Weight-Loss-Examiner

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