Healthy joints are important for the enjoyment of everyday life, yet they can easily be overlooked when we’re young. By protecting your joints now, while they’re in good shape, may help maintain their health and mobility, and reduce the risk of developing joint problems later on. Whether your joints are in peak condition or you’re starting to get a few aches and pains, you can take steps to help keep your joints healthy, allowing you to continue doing all the things you like to do.
Here are our top tips to keep you’re joints in good condition:
- Stay active – Staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do to keep your joints in good condition. Regular exercise helps maintain joint mobility and flexibility, and improves the strength of surrounding muscles to support your joints. Ensure you vary your exercise routine so you don’t overtax one area, warm up and cool down, wear appropriate shoes and ensure a good technique to reduce the risk of injury.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Carrying excess weight puts unnecessary stress on joints, particularly those of a weight‐bearing nature such as the hips, knees and spine. Regular physical activity, along with a balanced diet, will help you manage your weight.
- Be good to your joints – Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for too long to avoid joint stiffness, and handle heavy loads carefully to avoid joint stress.1
- Consume a healthy diet – What we eat can impact our joints, weight and overall health. Emphasise plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, moderate intake of saturated fat, sugars and processed food, and include fish and other seafood as a source of omega 3 to help maintain joint health and mobility.
- Support your joints with supplements – There are natural supplements available to support the health of your joints and assist in the management of joint symptoms if they develop. Look for ingredients like glucosamine which helps to support the growth and maintenance of healthy cartilage and reduces further joint damage associated with mild osteoarthritis. Taking fish oil supplements is also beneficial for joint health as it helps improve joint mobility and flexibility.