We know you might be mad at your joints for giving you such a hard time. It’s a love-hate relationship; they carry you around, but they also give you pain. As we age and are diagnosed with conditions like arthritis, treating our joints with respect becomes more and more important. How can you take better care of your joints? There are many easy ways you can do this and we’ve outlined 10 of these habits that are good for your joints.
1. Weight loss
It’s true that body weight has an affect on your joints. Extra weight can mean extra stress. Weight loss can help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints, as well as be a good way to improve your overall health.
2. Water exercise
Jump into that cool pool water! Doing strength training, aerobic exercises, or even jogging underwater can make the exercises you love easier. By doing these in the pool, you take the stress off your joints.
Stretching is typically seen as a before-or-after exercise movement. Stretching is something you should be doing every day, even while you’re at work. This will help your muscles and ligaments stay flexible and strong.
4. Dress for function, not fashion
Shoes should be practical and comfortable. Don’t choose uncomfortable shoes just based on appearance. Your shoe should be flexible at the ball of your foot where you toe and have plenty of room at the toes for them to freely move. Soles that are made out of rubber provide more support.
5. Get a massage
Massages have the power to reduce stress and alleviate fatigue. There are even certain types of massages that focus on specific areas of the body like muscles and joints. Don’t wait until you are in a excruciating pain, treat yourself to a relaxing massage today!
6. Wear a brace
Braces or guards for elbows, knees, wrists, and other joints can protect the amount of stress put on the joint as well as prevent injuries. Braces may even help you exercise or perform better at your favorite sport.
7. Go fishing
Or just buy some fish at the grocery store, but eat more fish! Cold water fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the joints healthy. According to Arthritis Today, omega-3s are known to decrease inflammation and pain in stiff joints of arthritis sufferers. You can also gain omega-3s from fish oil supplements.
8. Forget the high heels
Experts say a three-inch heel on a shoe can actually put seven times the stress on your foot as a one-inch heel. Additionally, heels put stress on your knees and may increase your risk of osteoarthritis. If you can, forget the heels at home and go for flats!
9. Give your wrists a rest
When working at a computer for long periods of time, it’s best to get a wrist rest. You could even make your own out of bubble wrap. Giving your wrists a break is important for comfort and joint pain.
10. Take a break
Sitting down and standing are both not recommended for long periods of time. That’s why it’s necessary to take a break from what you are doing to rest your body and do the opposite. Taking a walk after sitting for long periods of time, or vice versa, should be done every hour.
Joints need to be taken good care of as you age. It’s important to give them proper rest, strengthen them, and give them good care. We hope these 10 habits that are good for your joints will help you give your joints proper care going forward.
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