Wednesday, 23 March 2016

7 easy ways to keep your joints fit and healthy.

I am always seeking out ways to help with my stiff joints, being a suffer of Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is recommended that I do simple and none strenuous daily exercise.
It is a known fact that the older we get the stiffer our joints become. it is surprising that only a handful of the population embark on exercise designed to keep their joints fit and healthy.
the joints are crucial to our mobility. Think of it as an industrial machine. In order for the machine to work at optimum capacity, it requires lubricating. The wheels, nuts and bolts all require constant care and service. Without which they become old, stiff and useless.
Our joints work exactly in the same way, left without any maintenance, it wears out.
Reasons for wear and tear of the Joint Cartilage:
·         Age,
·         Excessive weight
·         Injuries and Illness like autoimmune disease  
7 Simple Ways to take care of your joints;
1.       Move More: We have become a people of convenience. For most of us, our jobs involve siting at the desk all day. Moving helps the fluid in our bodies to lubricate our joints. It is recommended to take a 10 minutes break every hour and to also incorporate 5-10 minutes of joints exercise every morning to get your body moving.

2.       Develop Healthy Eating Habits: The national Health Service recommends that our daily diet should include, healthy fats, protein and carbohydrate. Introduce foods such as nuts, fish, pulses, certain green vegetables such as broccoli spinach, kala into your daily diet.

3.       Supplement It: Supplements containing Omega 3 acids have been found to improve joint as well as help with inflammation. I have noticed a great improvement in my condition since introducing food rich in omega 3 into my diet. According to Arthritis Research UK, Foods such as salmon, mackerel and seeds such as flax seeds, chia seeds, are all good sources of Omega 3 fats. If you are unsure which supplement to get, try one of the Forever Active HA and the Forever Artic Sea, with 60 days money back guarantee: see link to online store: online store

4.       Include supplements with Glucosamine: Glucosamine is one of the building blocks of cartilage. It is an amino sugar which is produced by the body. Joint cartilage normally contains glucosamine and chondroitin compounds.  It is thought that taking supplements of these natural ingredients may help improve the health of damaged cartilage.  According to Arthritis Research UK, 1,500mg daily dose of glucosamine sulphate can be taken, if you notice any improvement in joint pains after 3 months, you may wish to continue. You can also get one of these which is the one I use daily.

5.     Muscle strengthening Exercise: These may include light weights to help protect and improve the functioning of the muscles. As we age our knee joints become more prone to wear and tear, cycling 2-3 times weekly can help improve joint performance and protect them from early damage.

6.     Massage: Massage helps to relieve tension and pressures around certain areas of the body, like the foot, shoulders and back. Massage Therapist are trained to target soft tissues in the body. I found reflexology helps greatly with my foot which in turn relieves me of stress. Try the heat lotion for everyday message. Heat lotion

7.       Eliminate Stress: Day to day life can be stressful it is therefore important to find ways to reduce our stress levels. Book a spa break or a relaxing day out with friends, this will free your mind up from worrying thoughts which can lead to stress. One of the ways stress manifest is in stiff joints.
We cannot predict the length of time we will be live, regardless of how long we may live, let’s make sure we spend our years in good health, by moving and developing healthy eating habits, as well as incorporating exercise into our daily lives. These simple activities, will ensure that our joints are in perfect working condition.

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Please Note:

If you’re in pain or are finds that your joints are becoming increasingly stiff seek advice from a qualified health professional.
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