Ways to Keep Your Joints Healthy
- Sneak in healthy food
Keep precut veggies and fruits – like celery and carrot sticks, broccoli florets, pepper slices and melon cubes – in the front door of your refrigerator so you’ll reach for them at snack time.
- Maintaining Your Ideal Weight
With regard to optimal joint health, it is necessary for us to maintain our ideal body weight. Carrying excess body weight adds stress to our joints, especially the weight-bearing joints.
- Sit and stand
Neither sitting nor standing on your feet all day is good for you. When possible, alternate between the two to prevent locking yourself in one position. If your job primarily involves sitting, take a break and stand up every 30 minutes or so.
- Build strong bones
Boost your calcium intake, because a diet rich in this important mineral helps to keep your bones sturdy. There are plenty of sources besides milk, including yogurt, broccoli, kale, figs, salmon and calcium supplements.
- Enhance Flexibility and Mobility
To improve your current range of motion, you should routinely put each joint through its full range of motion. Extend, bend, or rotate each of your joints. Range-of-motion exercise improves flexibility, relieves stiffness and pain, and helps us to keep our joints functional.
- Take your vitamins
Supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is a good way to get the vitamins and minerals you may lack by eating too much junk food. Strong bodies (and overall joint health) will benefit from bone-building calcium and vitamin K, tissue-repairing vitamin C, pain-relieving vitamin E, folic acid and more.
- Warm up
Don’t think about hitting the gym, the pool or the trails (or any exercise for that matter) before warming up. Warming up your body before exercise is like warming your car up in the winter.