A lot of people cannot objectively evaluate their abilities and choose inadequate and unbalanced load, thereby damaging their joints and organism as a whole. The same applies to those who have physical work, therefore before you came back to your everyday physical work or start to perform some sports activities, see following suggestions for taking care of your joints.
Incorrect load, sports, age
Often people who have physical work consider that they have sufficient physical load, but actually it is usually unbalanced, uniform and is more bad than good. Unfortunately, a lot of these people do not want to follow doctor’s recommendations, for example, to plan your works so that you have to change your body position and type of load time after time, to properly lift and move lover loads, to carry two lighter bags than one heavy bag, to use accessories which facilitates the work, to take a rest and do gymnastics time after time.
Other group of people, who often suffers from joint pain, is active sportsmen, do not talking about professional sportsmen. Even simple running puts great load on joints, especially if a person chooses too big intensity or too long distance. Load has to be regular and balanced, and only then it improves the blood flow and feeds the cartilage tissues. Sports activities have to be like physical education, not sports where people reach for records and do not think about the health of its joints.
If you are not accustomed to the physical load, but you have decided to take care about your health during sports, it is recommended to choose bicycling or swimming. If you want to run, make sure that you have chosen appropriate distance and speed. If we talk about skiing, then cross-country skiing is healthier than downhill skiing not only for joints, but also for whole organism.
We cannot forget about such significant factor as the body’s aging. Over the years cartilage, which covers moving surfaces of joints, wears off and, decreasing attrition between them, ensures light and free movement. When the joints are worn, the risk of joint illnesses increases. The most widespread illnesses of joints are osteoarthritis – cartilages become rough, and the ends of bones start to chafe against one another, causing the local inflammation, restriction of movements, and pain.
Tips for healthy joints:
- Normalize your body weight (each surplus kilogram increases the load on joints for three times);
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, less fast food and sweets; decrease the consumption of salt and sub-products; time after time it is good to eat a traditional aspic which is made from cartilages; it is also good to use products which contain omega-3 fatty acids, rosehip, and ginger;
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day; remember that soups, teas, coffees, and juices contain water, but they are not water – they are fluids;
- Chose a regular and balanced physical load which is appropriate for your age and fitness;
- Use preparations and supplements which contain glucosamine and chondroitin.