Having healthy joints is a key factor in enjoying quality of life over the long run. A joint is essentially the point at which two bones meet. The joint, consisting of cartilage and lubricating synovial fluid, is what makes movement of the human body possible. It also prevents the two bones from rubbing together painfully. Unfortunately, age along with wear and tear can be tough on the joints, causing them to ache and stiffen, and perhaps even develop arthritis.
The good news is that anyone can take steps to improve joint health. Nutrition, diet and maintaining a healthy body weight are both important, but so is movement. Because joints do not receive direct blood supply, exercise is crucial to their health. Regular movement forces synovial fluid into the joints, keeping them lubricated and flexible. Without movement, joints don't get the lubrication they need, and they may become stiff and resist movement.
Adding some aerobic exercise to the weekly routine is a great way to promote joint health. Low impact exercises are particularly beneficial. Walking, bicycling and swimming are all great examples. Essentially, any exercise that elevates the heart rate will get the job done. It isn't necessary to go over the top with aerobic activity. Start with 30 minutes per day, five days a week. Building up to longer sweat sessions over time means more opportunities to lose weight, feel great and improve joint health.
Weight training can also be beneficial for joints. Working out with weights helps build stronger muscles. Muscles, in turn, provide valuable support to joints. This type of training also promotes ligament strength, another advantage for healthier joints. Again, it isn't necessary to train with super heavy weights. Moderate resistance training two to three times a week is all that's required to start feeling the health benefits.
Even when a workout doesn't fit into the schedule, keep in mind that almost any movement can help reduce the likelihood of joint pain. Sitting in front of the computer or television for hours is tough on joints, so make sure to get up and move around periodically.
A few closing thoughts: Always consult a Chiropractor or other Health Care Professional before starting an exercise program. Paragragh 2 includes nutrition as a part of the formula for joint health. To learn more available Gerber Chiropractic nutritional services, click HERE or on the photo above. And lastly, here is our Medical Disclaimer.
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