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Healthy Joints for a Healthy You!

Healthy Joints for a Healthy You!

For most of the people leading a very sedentary lifestyle, weight gain is a major concern. With a progressive weight graph, your joints go weak as well. Here are a few ways to keep your joints healthy:

  • Move your joints through their full range to prevent joint pain. The more you move, lesser the joint stiffness.
  • Keep changing sitting and standing positions and take breaks in between work.
  • To reduce the strain on your hips, knees, and back, lose a few kilos. Healthy weight is necessary for healthy joints.
  • Stretching exercises are helpful. But, do a few warm up exercises before stretching joints, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Low impact exercise is best suited for those with joint pain. And if you already have arthritis, consult your doctor or physiotherapist to learn the right exercise.
  • Stronger muscles around the joints can protect them from stress; especially strong thigh muscles will help you prevent the risk of arthritis.
  • Know your joint limits! If the pain after exercise lasts for more than 48 hours, it is time to reduce your activity level to prevent further damage.
  • A diet rich in omega-3-fatty acids like fish (salmon, mackerel), or cod liver oil capsules will help in reducing joint inflammation.
  • Good calcium intake will help strengthen bones. Include milk/milk (skimmed) products at least twice a day.
  • Good posture protects your joints as well. Stand and sit up straight,¬†walk upright, and swim to keep your posture right.
  • Let the bigger muscles and joints support the weight that you carry while carrying/lifting weights. It is advisable to support bags on your arms rather¬†than in your hands.

Though any physical trauma can be treated these days, precaution is always better than cure.Take care before the damage worsens.