Secrets To Healthy Joints

Joint ReplacementWhether you are a joint replacement patient or not, knowing how to keep your joints healthy and active is very important. While you may not think there’s much you can do about joint health, you may be surprised.

Exercise

One of the best ways to keep your joints healthy is to keep them moving. Activity lubricates your joints, allowing them to move smoothly and more comfortably. Exercise also helps keep your bones strong, and increases your likelihood of maintaining a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight is very damaging to joints. The force of each step or movement is multiplied by every extra pound on your frame. Last, but not least, exercise strengthens the muscles that support your joints.

Nutrition

Eating quality foods is a major component of good joint health. Food sources that are rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are great for joint health. Calcium and vitamin D keep your bones and joints strong and comfortable. Look for low-calorie sources of calcium, such as reduced fat dairy, kale, broccoli and oranges. Lean proteins are beneficial for the muscles that support your joints, so mix up a variety of protein-rich foods such as chicken, fish and nuts.

Protect Yourself

Reducing the likelihood of joint replacement surgery comes down to common sense. Warm up before exercising. Don’t bite off more than you can chew as far as your skill level is concerned. Though striving for the next level is a worthy goal, striving for several levels ahead of yours is a recipe for disaster. Wear appropriate footwear to protect your knees, and practice good posture to keep excessive stress off of your joints.

Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon for more ways to keep your joints health, and minimize your chance of needing a joint replacement down the road. Practicing good habits now will pay off with improved joint comfort and mobility in the future.

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