Build Healthy Bones and Joints the Right Way
- Posted on: Mar 15 2016
Keeping your bones and joints healthy requires a bit of effort, but the rewards make the work extremely worthwhile. Follow these simple guidelines to start you on the road to good health from the inside out for years to come.
Being stationary for a long period of time – when you watch TV or sit at a computer, for example – can raise your risk for painful and stiff joints. Take time each day to get active, whether you jog, dance or run. Even low-impact activities provide great benefits to your bones and joints.
Your joints are supported by strong muscles, so if you lack muscle mass, your joints can become compromised. Build stronger muscles in your upper body by lifting weights or using a weight machine. And try to take the stairs over the elevator when possible to build strength in your lower body. Strong bones mean a lower risk of falls and broken bones.
Pay Attention to Posture
Healthy bones and joints are helped significantly when you practice good posture. When you slouch, you’re not doing your joints any favors, so be mindful of sitting up straight to strengthen your neck and spine, as well as lessen the wear and tear on your joints that can lead to arthritis.
Eat Right and Lose Weight
Keeping your weight within a healthy range means that your weight-bearing joints don’t have to work as hard to support your body weight. Even losing 10 pounds can make a big difference to your joints. Just one pound of weight lost can ease stress on your joints by four times.
Don’t Overdo It
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for healthier bones and joints, from Yoga to Pilates and everything in between. But if you have frail bones or osteoporosis, some exercises may not be suitable for you. Pay attention to your body when exercising and modify your activity accordingly if you experience pain or if something doesn’t feel quite right.
If you are interested in learning more about how to achieve healthy bones and joints, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.
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