Having healthy joints allows us to enjoy a better quality of life. However, in order to attain and maintain healthy joints it starts at an early age. Here’s how to keep your joints in top form throughout the different stages of your life.
Our childhood and teenage years are an important time in terms of our joint health. Joint injuries sustained during childhood can lead to osteoarthritis in adulthood. Our joints are in their formative years so maintaining joint health is imperative. During childhood, don’t overtrain and vary sporting pursuits. Many injuries can also be avoided by warming up before sport. Basically let kids be kids!
In our 20’s and 30’s our joints are relatively stable and our main concern is to maintain them. Most injuries are sports or work related. Make sure to prepare your body before returning to your childhood sports or taking on long-distance running, by engaging in exercises such as cycling, swimming or resistance exercises in the gym. Always back away from exercise if it causes pain. Make sure to also watch your posture and care for tight muscles. Quitting smoking and moderating your alcohol intake can also help. Smoking and drinking alcohol affect bone strength which in turn affects joint health. In fact, smoking doubles the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and too much alcohol increases the risk of gout later in life. Try products such as Nicabate CQ Complete Course for Heavy Smokers and Nicabate Mini Lozenges to help you quit smoking.
In our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the risk of arthritis increases. If arthritis develops, medical interaction is necessary to stop progression and manage the pain so speak with your doctor if you’re experiencing joint pain, inflammation or swelling. Make sure to keep moving. The only way joints get nutrients is through physical activity. Exercise also builds muscle and bone strength, which helps joints to stay healthy. Walking, swimming and cycling are low-impact forms of cardio exercise. Make sure to lose excess weight if necessary. You can find a range of weight loss products here. You can speak to a healthcare professional to see which one is best for you.
Supplements may also be beneficial during this stage of your life for joint health. The most popular supplements recommended are glucosamine and chondroitin, which are both derivatives of cartilage components. Products containing these supplements include Vitascience Glucosamine and Chondroitin Plus and Flordis DONA Glucosamine. Omega-3, such as in Nature’s Own High Strength Omega-3 Odourless Fish Oil, may also be useful in arthritis sufferers to reduce inflammation. An effective dose of Omega-3 is 2.7g a day to be taken for at least two months. Using liquid formulations, such as Ethical Nutrients High Strength Fish Oil and Swisse Ultiboost Wild Fish Oil may be easier to obtain this dose.
In our 70’s joint pain is much more common, as joint pain isn’t unavoidable. At this stage in our lives almost 50% of people have arthritis. Many experience joint pain from age-related wear and tear, less fluid in the joints and cartilage erosion. Another big risk factor for joints is falls. Make sure to continue gentle and varied exercise, low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga or aqua aerobics are good. Core strengthening exercises can help to improve balance and minimise your chance of falls. In your 70’s joint pain may be a result of low bone density. Supplements or a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc can increase density. A calcium and vitamin D supplement includes Blackmores Total Calcium and Magnesium Plus D3.