Tips for Improving Bone and Joint Health
As we get older, we want to live as healthy and comfortably as possible. From eating right to exercising regularly, the goal is to remain as fit and active as we can while aging gracefully. Unfortunately, sometimes our bones and joints don’t want to age gracefully with us; they become stiff and brittle making it hard to enjoy the small things in life. Feelings of soreness, stiffness, and overall achiness can plague your days and limit your overall satisfaction with life. There are ways to beat the problems associated with age and keep the bones and joints from getting stiffer with each year of life.
Improving Quickly, Easily, and Painlessly
One in three adults suffer from some form or type of joint pain. This can make daily activities difficult, even to the point where surgery may be required. Here are some tips that will improve bone and joint health:
- Weight Loss – This might sound like a no-brainer, but many people don’t even think about this when it comes to helping the bones and joints. By losing as much as ten pounds, pain can be vastly reduced. Your bones and joints will not have as much stress on them as before, helping them last longer and feel better.
- Stretch – For those who like to exercise, one thing many will say is stretch everyday and especially before doing any exercise. This isn’t something that just those who are physically active should do; all adults should be doing this. Stretching for even 5 minutes can help your joints by allowing them to warm up before being used for heavy workouts. Even getting up while in the office and doing some stretching can help your joints and bones from getting sore while working. Stretch first thing in the morning to energize the rest of your day!
- Shoes – Yes, shoes can play a big role when it comes to bone and joint health. Women who wear high heels are known to have a seven to ten times greater chance of developing bone and joint problems. Making sure that the shoe fits the foot properly is key. Make sure there is some room for the toes to expand and there is good arch support. For those who really want to wear high heels, keeping the heel under three inches is ideal.
- Position Change – Sitting or standing all day, every day can cause joint pain. The body needs a variety in our routine to give the body, joints, and bones a variety and rest periods. Getting up after sitting for a long period of time and walking can help. Sitting down after standing for a while helps the legs and feet.
Make the choice to remain active daily. By making sure to do things that will help your bones and joints stay healthy, in return, they will make it possible to stay active and fit. Although retirement is all about relaxation, don’t let yourself relax on taking care of your body!
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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.