Looking after your joints a top priority
One thing my grandmother has always said is ‘‘I don’t mind getting old, but it’s all the aches and pains that come with it that I do mind’’.
And it’s true. As you get older, inevitably your joints age too. But you don’t have to put up with the aches and pains that may stop you enjoying your golden years to the fullest. There are a few tips below that will help you guard your joints against injuries such as falling, and diseases such as arthritis. You can use this information to help you maintain healthy and strong joints. We all know that the joint is the connection between two bones. Without it, you would not be able to bend, and we know this because as our joints deteriorate, bending becomes a lot harder, making every day tasks a mission. When we age, simple things such as sitting the wrong way and carrying too much weight can wear and tear the cartilage in our joints, and this can lead to arthritis. The first thing you can do is watch your weight. Excess weight puts pressure on your knees, hips and back, and the more you weigh, the more pressure is being put on your body to perform. Research even shoes that with every pound
gained, four times more stress is put on your knee joints alone. This leads onto the second way you can aid your joints and increase your mobility, and this is exercise. Exercise can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Opt for exercises that wont put too much pressure on those joints, e.g, swimming or biking. Don’t sit still. Less movement means more stiffness. So get up and get moving! Go for a walk, have a stretch, don’t stay glued to the couch or the computer screen. Stand whenever possible! Strong muscles support your joints. If you don’t have enough muscle, your joints are relied on heavily. Always keep your muscles moving, give your
joints a break, no pun intended. As we age, we are also prone to more falls due to imbalance. If your exercise regime includes working your core, it can aid you in keeping your balance, which prevents falls that damage your joints. Or you could just protect yourself. When you take part in any high-risk activities, knee pads, helmets, elbow and wrist pads all come in handy. But the major way to keep your joints healthy is by keeping a healthy, balanced diet to build those strong bones. Make sure you are getting plenty of calcium every day. You can do this by eating foods such as yoghurt, broccoli, kale, figs and some dairy. If these foods do not interest you, or are not readily available, then seek medical advice about using calcium supplements. Salmon is also very beneficial for the health of your joints. Not only does it contain calcium but it also has omega-3 fatty acids which promote healthy joints and reduce joint pain and swelling. Not a fan of fish? There are plenty of omega-3 fish oil capsules on the market, and read the label to see which will give you the most omega-3. There are so many ways you can maintain healthy joints. From exercise to diet, keeping active and protecting your body. Don’t let the aches and pains ruin your golden years.