It is a fact of life that as we get older, our bodies start to function differently than they once did. One aspect among many that begins to shift is our joint health. Often one of the most discarded aspects of our health as we get older, joint health has a far more significant impact on our overall health than many realise, or want to admit. Obviously, going to a trusted, professional orthopedic clinic for regular check-ups is important, but there are also some day-to-day tasks you can take on that each have their own distinct impact on your joint health. Taking care of the body and mind is always important, and ensuring and preserving joint health is just another reason to make sure one is doing everything they can to keep on top of their joint health, and keep healthy. So, what are the key impactors in joint health?
Your approach to stiffness and stretching
You should always stay in tune with your body. Stretch out your joints. Lack of multidirectional joint looseness can make it easier for the joints to seize up when they do move. So, stretch it out. Stretching makes the joints looser, more compliant, and thus less susceptible to injury and ailments like arthritis. And hand in hand with stretching comes being aware and listening to your body. If you feel stiff, do not ignore it. Many people do not know that general stiffness is one of the first signs of a join that is wearing. The key to avoiding this as much as possible is of course stretching. That cannot be emphasised enough.
Believe it or not, your diet can have an impact on your joint health. Pineapple, for example, is an anti-inflammatory containing bromelain, which has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in treating joint pains like osteoarthritis and general inflammation. Salmon is great for anti-inflammation, as well as hot peppers and capsicum as well. Garlic reduces inflammation as well as helps to stimulate the body’s immune cells. And turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has been found many times to help suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, and have a positive effect on inflammation. These are just some examples of natural treatments and preventatives against joint pain – there are countless more.
Your exercise approach
Exercise has a definitive impact on joint health, and as we get older that impact becomes more definitively pronounced. Exercising is an important part of keeping healthy, but if you do so with a poor regime, it can result in your joints feeling out of sync. This often happens when the joints are concentrated on repetitive joint activity in the middle range. To get the most out of your workout, and combat and prevent joint pain, keep it fresh and different in the gym or during your workouts, wherever they may be taking place. Avoid sticking to the same routine, and your joint health will likely thank you for it.