If you want to remain active and healthy, protecting your joints is essential.
As we discussed in our last blog, when you have painful joints, it limits your activity and leads to weight gain, which puts even more pressure on your joints. Painful joints are often the beginning of a vicious cycle, but the good news is that there are things you can do to protect your joints. In our last blog, we went over a couple of them. Keep reading to learn more:
#3. Sit up straight.
Slouching is hard on your joints. That is because, when your body is lopsided, it puts a lot more stress on them. Maintaining good posture is essential because it actually helps to guard your back muscles and hip joints.
#4. Eat a healthy diet.
Unhealthy fats, carbohydrates and preservatives have a reputation for increasing inflammation, so it’s a good idea to cut back on processed and fatty foods. Try to eat more foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, as they can help to fight inflammation. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you get plenty of calcium in your diet to support strong bones.
#5. Drink plenty of water.
Dehydration can be troubling for many well-known reasons, but not many people realize that it can actually aggravate aching or painful joints. Be mindful about drinking plenty of water each and every day.
Protecting your joints is essential for your overall health, and when you have healthy joints, you can stay active for a whole lot longer. Break the vicious cycle that starts with painful joints and start taking steps to protect your joints today!