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Posted on June 3, 2016 by Christine Crosby in interhealth, joint health, muscle groups, Osteo Bi-Flex

Simple Tips for Supporting Healthy Joints

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As we age, maintaining joint comfort and mobility becomes increasingly important. When our joints are healthy and flexible, we are better able to participate in our favorite activities. Over time, even basic daily activities can take a toll on joints, especially the knees and hips. Fortunately, there are ways to support joint comfort and mobility at any age! Here are some simple ways to support healthier joints:

Do Light Stretches

jointsYou might think of stretching as something that only happens before and after rigorous exercise, but it can actually be a workout on its own! Stretching exercises can be a great way to improve your joint flexibility as well as your overall range of motion. A simple stretching routine can also increase blood flow to your muscles. Try doing a few gentle stretches each day, focusing on the major muscle groups. There’s no need to overdo it! Avoid stretching to the point of discomfort, and instead focus on steady, smooth movement. Take deep, relaxing breaths as you stretch, and stretch just until you feel a little bit of tension (but not pain) in your muscles.

Minimize Impact

Protecting the health of your joints doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying an active lifestyle. In fact, regular activity is a great way to support your joint flexibility. If you’re concerned about joint comfort, low-impact exercises such as biking or swimming can be enjoyable ways to help you stay active. Another benefit of these exercises is that they are easy to customize to suit your current fitness level. You can start with a simple routine and gradually increase the intensity over time.

Listen to Your Body

While an active lifestyle is an important part of supporting healthy joints, it’s also very important to listen to your body. Keep things slow and simple to start, and don’t be afraid to make a few modifications to your routine to make it easier on your joints. You may want to consider working out with a personal trainer. They can guide you through a workout routine that is customized to suit your specific needs, goals, and abilities.

By making some of these simple lifestyle changes, you can help support healthier, more flexible joints. Improved joint health will allow you to participate in your favorite activities, and even have a positive impact on your daily routine. Best of all, these changes are easy to make regardless of your current fitness level.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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