How To Keep Joints Healthy


Joint pain may creep up on us as we start to age. Osteoarthritis problems usually start bothering women after age 50 and men after age 45.

A joint connects two bones. Cartilage is a cushioning agent between joints and acts as a shock absorber to keep bones from rubbing together. As we age we start to lose this cushioning. Once you have lost the cushioning you cannot get it back.

Other problems which cause wear and tear on the cartilage include excess weight and injury. Even a minor twist the wrong way when you were younger can cause some joint problems as you age. The injury may have seemed so unimportant when it occurred you don’t even remember it.

Keeping them strong and healthy is the best thing you can do for your joints. Probably the most important thing you can do for your joints is to be at a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight puts a great deal of stress and strain on the joints. Losing as little as ten oe fifteen pounds will relieve some pressure on your joints.

If you are overweight try to lose some of the excess baggage to relieve the pressure on your joints.

You should be eating a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, good fats and lean protein. In order to have strong bones you need calcium daily which is found in dairy products and fortified cereals or fortified orange juice   The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon and tuna may help reduce the joint pain. Fish oil capsules may help also. Vitamin D may help protect your joints.

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Everyone will lost muscle mass as they age unless they work to maintain it. When the muscle mass is gone the joints will receive more of the stress from routine activities.

If you spend most of your time sitting you increase your possibilities for joint pain. It is important that you keep moving. If you need to sit at work try standing when you talk on the phone, if possible take short breaks and walk around or do some stretching.

You need strong muscles to support your joints. Weight training exercises can help build strong muscles. You may need to modify the weight training exercises so you don’t harm your joints. A personal trainer or physical therapist can help you work out a weight training program so will not harm your joints. Even lifting light weights at home a few times a week will help strengthen the muscles.

Aerobic exercise may reduce joint swelling If you have trouble with your joints try the low impact exercises like swimming or bicycling.

Be sure to start slow when you begin exercising so you don’t add too much stress to your joints.

Strengthening your core will help you to keep your balance and avoid falls. Good posture helps to protect your joints. Slouching is bad for your joints.

Use ice to relieve joint pain and reduce swelling. Apply a cold pack to the joint for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have a cold pack wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and use that.

If you want to keep your joints healthy you need to get to a healthy weight, eat properly and exercise. It takes effort to maintain healthy joints, but the results are well worth the effort. You will have much less pain and will be much more mobile.