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The 6 Easiest Ways You Can Keep Your Joints Healthy

February 17, 2017

Your joints are integral for mobility. If your joints aren’t healthy, simple body movements like bending your knees would be difficult and painful. Weak joints can also hinder walking, which means you’d have to rely on a cane or walker. As we age, our joints will get weaker. But there are simple habits you can do now to keep your joints fortified so you won’t have to worry about mobility issues when you get older:

1)   Strong bones – When you were a child, your parents most likely made you drink a lot of milk so you can grow big and strong. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, which is essential for bone health. As an adult, you can keep drinking milk or take supplements if you have a calcium or vitamin D deficiency. Strong bones also means strong joints. 

2)   Keep moving – Idle joints are quicker to deteriorate. Sedentary lifestyles are not good for joint health, and the phrase “use it or lose it,” rings very true here.

3)   Good posture – sitting and standing up straight relieves extra pressure from your joints, as they won’t be used to keep you upright. Walking also improves your posture, so the second bullet point is even more relevant.

4)   Weight control – Extra weight adds additional strain on your joints, especially your knees, hips, and back. Even if you lose 1 pound, that’s 4 pounds of pressure taken off of your knees! This is yet another reason to stick to a diet/exercise regimen, as your joints will thank you. 

5)   Strong core – A strong core, abdominal and back muscles help with balance, so you’re less likely to fall. Yoga, Pilates, or core exercises like planks, leg raises, and sit-ups can help strengthen your core. 

6)   Eat fish – Cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel are rich with omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re not a fish person, you can consume fish oil tablets

These are but of a handful of ways you can keep your joints healthy. Healthy joints mean better mobility and fewer trips to the doctor or physical therapy. At Centers Health Care, we offer the best in rehabilitation, physical, and occupational therapy. Learn more about our services at centershealthcare.com/locations

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