Growing older can come with a myriad of benefits and unique challenges. So what is one way to age gracefully? Improving joint health is key to putting that best foot forward. So whether you are in your 20s or your 50s, here are five simple ways to improve and maintain joint health.
Movement helps to lubricate joints and naturally increases flexibility and strength. High impact movements such as HIIT or running are not the only option. Some of the best exercises for joint health are low-impact and repetitive. Walking briskly for just 30 minutes a day can be an easy way to incorporate more steps into a day and reduce stiffness. Exercise is a great way to elevate the heart rate and increase key blood circulation. Wanting more steps in a day? Using a standing desk is a great practical option for the workplace that naturally creates more movement throughout the day. Other options include opting for the stairs over the elevator and parking further away from an entrance at the grocery store.
Incorporating strength training
While cardio like walking and running can help you maintain strong bones, weight-bearing exercises can strengthen joints. Stepping into the weight room might seem scary, but it could also be what your exercise routine is missing. Incorporating a weekly strength training routine can help build muscle and keep joints safe and agile. Not only this but weight training has been shown to help joints maintain a broader range of motion, reducing the chances of joint pain later on. A big key to success is lifting with proper form and ease into strength training. In addition, stretching and listening to the body before and after exercise are important ways to keep the body safe and healthy.
Consuming a balanced diet & products
Just like a car needs gas to run, the body needs proper fuel. Vibrant Health’s Joint Vibrance is a potent joint health product that works to restore, build, and maintain healthy bones, tendons, and cartilage. Made with glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, this power-packed formula works to cushion joints naturally. Mixing just one scoop of Joint Vibrance into 4-8 oz. of water or a smoothie can help manage inflammation and everyday strains and aches. In addition, consuming lean, high-protein foods such as fish or chicken can help build strong muscles in and out of the gym. These stronger muscles can mean less pressure on the body and off tired joints.
Staying at a healthy weight
Carrying extra weight means excess pressure on those joints, making staying at a healthy weight a priority. Currently, Osteoarthritis is a common, widespread condition amongst many adults where the cartilage within joints degenerates due to pressure. According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of extra weight means four pounds of extra pressure on joints. The lower half of the body (knees and hips) often bears most of this weight, making losing weight a great way to ease some of the symptoms of arthritic joints.
Using proper supplementation
To get an extra boost nutritionally, consider adding some targeted supplements. For example, supplementing with Vibrant Health’s Super Natural Boron can help support natural hormone levels and deeply nourish tired bones and joints. In addition, acting as a natural regulator, Boron assists the body in regulating D3 and calcium. Another great addition is Vibrant Health’s Maximum Strength Turmeric.
This supplement is packed with antioxidant support and 500 mg of curcuminoids and BioPerine extract for 46 times better absorption in the body. Pop one of these supplements as a capsule or open and blend it into a favorite beverage such as a smoothie or latte for an extra nutritional boost.
Joint pain may not go away overnight, but it can be managed. Consider adding in a few more steps to your day, supplementing correctly, and consuming a healthy balanced diet to be on the way to improved, boosted joint health.