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Keep Your Joints Healthy

  Posted: Feb 01, 2016

  Category: Rehabilitation

Keeping your joints healthy as you get older can be quite an extensive task. However, there are simple ways of to achieve the task at hand.

Routine Exercise. Routine exercise and physical activity prevents joint stiffness, joint pain and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joints. Walking, jogging, riding a bike, and swimming are simple aerobic exercises that you can benefit from. Exercising for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes three times per week can be beneficial for your joints.

Maintain A Healthy Weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is not only beneficial to your overall health but it reduces the stress and burden placed on your joints. The more stress on your joints increases the amount of pain that you are suffering from.

Maintain a Healthy Diet. The same reasoning for maintaining a healthy weight goes for maintaining a healthy diet. In addition, a balanced diet reduces inflammation as well as improving overall joint health. An anti-inflammatory diet consists of avoiding foods that may increase inflammation.

Daily Intake of Vitamin D and Calcium. Vitamin D and calcium are crucial nutrients that are required for healthy bones. Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption. You can obtain Vitamin D through sun exposure, foods and supplementation. Low calcium is associated with decreased bone density and an increased risk of fractures and breaks.

Avoid Smoking. While most may not think that smoking contributes to negative effects on ones bones and joints. Smoking has a serious and negative effect as it increases the risk of osteoporosis, fracture/break, bursitis, tendonitis, lower back pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking also has many other negative effects on a person’s health.