- Many people forget to warm up before working out, which could be a problem for the joints
- Too much weight can place strain on your ankles, knees, back and hips
- Don’t push yourself too hard working out, or it may cause strain on your joints and muscles
Do you workout? Do you jog or do strenuous activities? Well, make sure you are thinking of your joints, too!
It’s easy to forget to take care of your joints until they actually start causing trouble, but taking care of them now can save a lot of pain later. Here’s what you can do to protect your joints and keep them healthy:
An easy way to keep stiffness away is movement. You are less likely to experience stiffness in your joints if you move more. Change your positions often even if you’re just watching TV, reading, or working. And if you’re behind a desk all day, don’t forget to take short breaks and get active.
Know When to Stop
You know your body better than anyone will. Don’t push yourself too hard working out, or it may cause strain on your joints and muscles. Getting sore after a workout is normal, but if your body aches for more than 48 hours, you may have overdone it. Pushing yourself harder than you can bear may lead to serious injuries.
Keep a Healthy Weight
A higher BMI is linked to a range of health problems. Studies also show that being overweight can place strain on your weight-bearing joints like your ankles, knees, back and hips. By eating right and maintaining a healthy weight, you can limit the stress on your joints and keep the risk of joint damage to a minimum.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
Many people forget to warm up before working out, which could be a problem for your joints; putting them at a higher risk of strain or overloading. The older you get, the more important it is to warm up as older joints typically are less resilient. For the best results, it would be best to get at least five minutes of warm up and cool down stretches.