Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Joints and Bones

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When it comes to protecting your joints, the simplest ways are the most effective. A healthy diet and regular exercise are both important for a lifetime of good joint health.

Try to Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

The heavier you are, the more stress your joints are under. So, one of the most important ways to prevent joint damage is to maintain a healthy body weight, or to lose weight if you're carrying extra kilos. This will help prevent wear-and-tear damage to weight-bearing joints, such as those in your hips and knees.

Your Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet isn't just good for weight management. With a varied diet that includes a wide range of vitamins and minerals, you're also supplying your body with essential nutrients it needs to nourish your joints. Make sure you get plenty of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, and protein for muscle strength.

Exercise for Strong Joints and Joint Support

If you're overweight, exercise can help support weight-loss efforts that will ultimately help protect your joints from wear and tear. However, exercise is good for your joints for other reasons, too.

For instance, regular exercise to strengthen your core, back, and leg muscles is great for your joints, because the stronger your muscles are, the more support they can provide for your spine, hips, and knees.

If your joints trouble you, choose exercises that are low-impact, such as cycling or swimming. These exercises can provide a workout that will help you lose weight and strengthen your muscles, but won't put much stress your joints.

Stay Active

Finally, a higher overall level of activity is good for your joints too. If you're the type of person who spends most of their time sitting still, try adopting some new habits: for instance, for every 50 minutes you spend sitting down, spend 5 to 10 minutes doing some stretches or go for a short walk. If you're stuck at work, try performing some tasks, such as talking on the phone, standing up rather than sitting down.

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