Thanks to your joints you can wiggle, run, bend, play an instrument…you name it! Healthy joints are a given if you want your body to be at its very best.
So, what are your joints made of?
Smooth tissue called cartilage and synovium and a lubricant called synovial fluid cushion the joints so bones do not rub together. But increasing age, injury — even sitting the wrong way or carrying too much weight — can wear and tear your cartilage.
How can I keep my joints happy and healthy?
Incorporate weight training into your exercise routine. Weight training builds muscle, and keeps your ligaments and muscles strong. Without it, your joints do all the work; and your joints can only do so much. Try activities that raise your heart rate as well; such as: swimming and aerobics. Cardio workouts help reduce joint swelling.
Don’t forget your core muscles. A strong back, abdomen and chest helps with your balance, and will prevent you from taking a tumble-ouch! A nasty fall can potentially cause damage to your joints.
Diet is key to healthy joints. Excess weight takes a toll on your joints. The additional weight, puts pressure on your knees, back and hips. This makes it hard for your joints to perform it’s duty. And, if not addressed early, it can have and everlasting effect on your body.
Speaking of diet: antioxidants should be part of your diet. Vitamins such a A, C, and E and selenium help fight free radicals that can damage your joints.
Here are some foods that are rich in antioxidants! And delicious as well!
- Vitamin C – Fruits such as grapefruit, papaya, oranges, mangoes, raspberries, pineapples and tomatoes, as well as vegetables such as asparagus, red peppers, and broccoli
- Vitamin E – Avocados, whole-grain breads and cereals, sunflower seeds and peanut butter
- Selenium – Salmon , Brazil nuts, oatmeal and brown rice
Most importantly: listen to your body. It is designed to tell you when something is wrong. Your body is always right in this aspect. So, listen to it!
Look at everything your joints do. Return the favor! and keep them happy and healthy.