Every day we wake up and we get ready for the day. We may sit up in bed and our back may hurt or our leg may be stiff or ache. When this happens, we usually do not feel like getting up, putting on our shoes and exercising. Most of us would rather pull the covers up, hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. This may be the time though when exercise is most important. If we do not keep exercising daily our muscles and joints will tell us this by aching and hurting more and some days that may reuse to work at all. In order to help prevent this and other problems to our joints, it is important to keep exercising so we can continue to move and enjoy the activities we love for a long time to come.
“Bone and Joint Health”, throughout our lives our bones and joints are constantly working and forming and growing. From the time we are born to age twenty, our bone formation is more than our bone loss. At age thirty we reach “peak bone mass” and our bones are larger and the most dense. After age thirty, we tend to have more bone loss than formation.
There are things that can be done to improve bone and joint health before a fracture occurs or other health conditions become a bigger concern. These things include: increasing the amount of calcium in your diet. Get plenty of Vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and other trace minerals in your diet, avoid excess amounts of alcohol and caffeine, quit smoking if you do, and avoid aluminum because this can displace calcium in the body.
Exercising is also very important for both bone and joint health. Some exercises that you could do include: walking, biking, aerobics, and weight-lifting. Doing weight bearing exercises helps the bones to become stronger, builds up muscles, and helps with balance which may help reduce falls and fractures.
It is also important to keep exercising to help prevent or reduce the risk for arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage that cushions the end of the bones and joints. It affects the fingers, knees, hips, and can cause joint pain and stiffness. It is also the most common type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joint. This can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, joint damage, and loss of function of the joints. It is important to eat a balanced diet and to exercise regularly and also to manage stress to help avoid a higher risk for these health concerns.
So the next time you wake up and get out of bed and your body starts aching and you just want to go back to sleep, remember it may be better for you to keep moving. If we don’t use our joints and muscles we may lose them. So it is very important to keep exercising daily and eating right to take care of your bones and joints so we can keep moving for as long as we can and be healthy and happy.
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