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Good Joint Health

Its the time of year when many people are helping to raise money and awareness for charities by participating in walk-a-thons. Not only are these charity walks great fundraisers, they are also a wonderful way to get large groups of people up and moving. Walking is good for the cause and healthy for the walkers. Win-Win.

 

Its the time of year when many people are helping to raise money and awareness for charities by participating in walk-a-thons. Not only are these charity walks great fundraisers, they are also a wonderful way to get large groups of people up and moving. Walking is good for the cause and healthy for the walkers. Win-Win.


If youre like most people youre first thought is likely, how will my feet feel after 5, 10 or maybe even 40 miles of walking? Most people forget that other joints and muscles can also be taxed - knees, hips, back, shoulders and more.

 


Good joint health is important whether youre walking for a cause, an athlete, someone who works in a physically demanding industry or just experiencing the the wear and tear that comes with aging. You'll feel fewer aches and pains in your joints if you keep your muscles, ligaments, and bones strong and stable.


Here are a few things you can do to help with joint support:

 

Lose weight - Carrying extra pounds puts additional stress on muscles and joints, which over time can wear down joint cartilage and lead to arthritis.

Eat right - Choose healthy fruits and vegetables, foods rich in calcium for bone support , and fish which has heart (and joint) healthy Omega-3 oils/

Exercise - Do low impact exercise, such as walking, swimming and cycling that allow joints to be in motion by reducing the weight and pressure on your body.

Develop your core - Having strong abdominal back muscles allows for your entire body to be more balanced, which reduces injuries and keeps you from being out of alignment that can lead to overcompensation by other muscles and joints.

Lift weights - You dont need to be bench pressing your own body weight, but even lifting a few pounds and having a weight lift regime can develop strong muscles. Strong muscles are better able to support joints.

Take supplements - Chondroitin and Gluscosamine are proven supplements that promote joint health. Its easy to buy supplements online at IdealVitamins and make sure that you are continuing to get the musculoskeletal support you need.

 

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