Do you care for your bones and joints as you should? When a new year rolls around, we can be so focused on, say, cutting down on smoking or alcohol that we may neglect other aspects of our health.
Joint and bone health is hugely important, though - and there are lots of things you can do to give yourself and your body a helping hand. Read on...
A connection between two bones, joints and their surrounding structures help you:
bend your elbows and knees
wriggle your hips
bend your back
wave your fingers
turn your head.
Of course, you know all that anyway, but do you know how best to look after your joints?
How can I look after my joints?
Keep an Eye on Your Weight - 'Lose weight' may have been one of your goals for the new year anyway, but did you know doing so can benefit your bones and joints, too - particularly if you are currently overweight or obese? Weight-bearing joints like your knees, hips and back have to work hard to support all, or some, of your body weight.
If you've piled on the pounds or if you're pregnant, you may notice your bones and joints have taken a hit as a result. Of course, losing weight is not safe while pregnant, but if you're not expecting a baby, you could try to shed those extra pounds you've been carrying around post-Christmas.
Moving more is always a good thing in terms of the benefits it brings to your body and mind, but it's particularly effective if you'd like to improve your joint and bone health.
Research suggests that aerobic exercise - activities that get your heart rate up - can reduce joint swelling, states the WebMD site. 'If your joints bother you, opt for exercises that won't give your joints a pounding. Instead of step aerobics, try low-impact exercises such as swimming or bicycling.'
Swimming is a great hobby to get into - and you'll enjoy the relaxation it offers too. Why not give it a go in 2022 and see if you experience fewer bone and joint complaints as a result.
You should also take regular breaks from sitting at your laptop; sitting still for long periods of time won't do your joints any favours either.
Work On Your Posture
Are you guilty of slouching? Instead, stand and sit up straight to protect your joints from your neck to your knees.
Keep your posture in check when lifting and carrying things, too - and if you use a backpack, put it over both shoulders instead of slinging it over one; if not, you could be putting additional stress on your joints.
Try Supplementing Your Diet with Calcium
If you aren't getting enough calcium in your diet, try a supplement. This one by HealthAid is specially formulated to provide maximum absorption of free calcium from the intestinal tract to the required body systems.
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Until next time...
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