When it comes to movement your muscles are center stage; however, your muscles can only perform due to the bones within them, specifically your joints. If it’s been awhile since you have taken an anatomy or biology class, allow me to dust off your mind.
A joint is any place where two bones connect. In order for joints to healthily permit motion, they come equipped with pieces of cartilage at each end of the bone. The cartilage enables the bones to glide, twist, and bend seamlessly. Together with your ligaments, tendons, and muscles, your joints make it possible for you to complete all sorts of motions.
Interestingly, every time you move a part of your body, at least one joint is involved in the process. Without healthy joints, simple, daily movements would be painful. The frequency rate at which you use your joints causes the cartilage to wear down over time, which leads to uncomfortable bone-on-bone action. The best way to slow down wear and tear on your joints is to engage in activities that promote strength, coordination, flexibility, and longevity.
How to improve joint health
1.) Get Your 10,000 steps in
Movement is key in order to keep your joints and muscles happy and healthy. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who took 8,000 steps per day had a 50% chance of living longer compared to those who took fewer steps. Whether it’s walking, running, yoga, or biking, find a movement you can stick to consistently.
2.) Make Your Flexibility a Priority
Good mobility is crucial for good joint health. Therefore, it is imperative that you prioritize stretches and exercises that increase your flexibility. Yoga and Pilates are both great options when it comes to enhancing your range of motion, flexibility, strength, and balance.
3.) Begin a Full-Body Workout
Full-body workouts are essential for joint health. Full-body workouts ensure that all of your muscles are strong enough to absorb the impacts from movement rather than having your joints bear the brunt.
4.) Start Lifting Weights
If you want healthy joints, you need to build your muscles, which means you have to partake in strength training. Besides, increasing the load your muscles are able to bear, strength training helps increase your bone density, which reduces the likelihood of your bones wearing out.
5.) Incorporate a Recovery Regiment
You are already aware how important recovery is to your muscles, but you may be less knowledgeable about how meaningful recovery is to your joints. Building muscle is only one part of the equation. Equally important is your recovery time. Rest days allow your muscles, joints, bones, and soft tissues to repair themselves and decrease inflammation.
6.) A Trip to the Chiropractor
A visit to your local chiropractor is another way to keep your joints durable, flexible, and well-maintained. Chiropractors help take care of your joints by restoring their mobility through the art and science of an adjustment. They also provide expert guidance on stretches and exercise you can perform at home.
To learn more how chiropractic care can increase your joints’ longevity, call our office (912-826-4444) or visit our website.
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