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5 Ways To Beat Arthritis As We Age

5 Ways To Beat Arthritis As We Age

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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Every winter our bones find a way to remind us that we are getting older, whether it be joint aches or stiffness. The more harsh winters tend to make us a lot less motivated to go out and exercise which doesn’t help either. As we age it is important to maintain our joint strength, especially during the winter when we are particularly susceptible to injuries when we get older. Here are five ways to keep arthritis at bay so we can remain active and loose well into our elder years.

 

1.      Eat a Healthy Diet

Consuming joint friendly foods on a regular basis can go a long way to keeping you injury free and loosened up. Fish, cherries, nuts, black beans, and apples are some of the best food for maintaining healthy joints as they carry many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that maintain our cartilage and help repair our muscles. Even a glass of milk a day can get you a significant dose of vitamin D and A to keep your bones strong.

 

2.      Stretch on a Regular Basis

Whether you are about to exercise, just finished, or just have some free time you should always try and keep yourself limber and loose, especially during the winter time. Even if you can’t find time to consistently work out a regular stretching routine can be extremely beneficial to keeping your muscles and ligaments strong enough to take stress off of your joints.

 

3.      Stay Warm

The colder we are the more stiff we are. Whether it’s winter or rare cold day in the summer always keep warm. Even those who already suffer from arthritis will notice a decrease in joint pain and aches if they stay warm enough.

 

4.      Proper Footwear

It is amazing what problems can manifest in your joints from wearing the wrong size shoes. The stability of your bone structure starts at your feet and if they are constantly put under the stress of improper size, high heels, or weathered shoes it can have long term effects on your knee and hip joints. Try and wear as comfortable footwear as you can, as often as you can. Those who have a foot pronation that is a little off may want to think about a pair of orthotics to help take the unnecessary stress off your feet.

 

5.      Strength Training

Our muscles are what guard our joints from harm and stabilize them as we make various movements throughout the day. Hip, leg, and lower back muscles are often forgotten at the gym in favor of “beach muscles” like those in our arms or chest but in the long run are much more important for maintain a healthy bone structure. You don’t have to become a bodybuilder, just a little resistance on our major lower body muscles on a fairly consistent basis will keep your major supporting joints strong and healthy.

 

Arthritis is considered by many something we just get as we age and it can’t be avoided. While time does wear us all down eventually, these tips when done on a regular basis can keep your joints healthy well into your elder years and allow you to get the most out of your body when you are young. Stay active, stay warm, stay healthy!

 

Ken Stanfield is a writer, blogger and health enthusiast who spends his time researching and writing about respiratory health, healthcare, geriatric healthcare needs and humanitarianism. When he is not helping our elderly customize their rollators he writes for the walking aids supplier justwalkers.com.

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