The years are starting to creep up on you, and you are already noticing some changes in your body and some aches and pains that were never there before.
This is because over time our bones and joints can weaken, especially if we aren’t doing the things we need to in order to keep them as strong as they need to be.
If you are someone who wants to be as active and fit for as long as possible, it is important to start seriously thinking about your bone and joint strength.
If you need some help on where to start, here are four ways to have strong and healthy joints, and keep on feeling the same way now and into your golden years.
Talk to your doctor about supplements
Even those who eat the healthiest diets filled with lots of nutritional value may need a little extra help to feed our bones and joints the things they need to stay continuously strong.
You can discuss with your doctor or even an orthopedics specialist on what kind of supplements you can add into your diet to help your bone and joint health.
They may recommend things such as extra calcium, vitamin D, folate, or magnesium.
Exercise with weights
Even if you regularly exercise, one of the most effective things you can add to your exercise routine for stronger bones is exercising with weights.
It may seem intimidating to some, but exercising with weights can be done by anyone, and you can start off very light and gradually increase as you get more comfortable and stronger.
If you are unsure what to do or where to start you can consult with a doctor and a fitness trainer so you can learn what to do and how to do it right so you don’t cause yourself any unnecessary injuries.
Be careful of your weight
When it comes to your bones and joints it is a good idea to think about the pressure they carry every day, which is affected by your weight. You can talk to your doctor about what is a healthy weight for you and your body type and can create a plan on how to maintain that ideal weight.
Make sure to be careful not to go to either extreme of too much weight or too little or it could have adverse effects on your bone and joint health.
Rest and stretch
As much as an exercise with weights and being physically active is important, so is making sure to take the time to rest your bones and joints so they don’t get overworked or injured.
It’s good to have rest days when your body can relax and heal from what you put it through on a daily basis.
It’s also a good idea to have days when you do a lower impact exercise like yoga, and especially ones that help you to stretch and maintain flexibility in your muscles and joints which only helps your bones as well.