We are constantly being told to keep moving. Exercise daily – lift weights or run for at least 30 minutes a day – but what we might not realize is the hidden strain we are putting on our joints. Joint damage can come from increasing age, arthritis, injury or carrying too much weight. Too much damage in your joints may require you to have joint replacement surgery. Every year more than 770,000 Americans get their hip or knee replaced. Hips and knees aren't the only joints that sometimes need replacement. Shoulders, fingers elbows and ankles can wear down as well.
Why are so many Americans getting their joints replaced? A joint is the connection between two bones. Joints allow you to bend your elbows and knees. Surrounding your joints are cartilage, synovium and a lubricant which cushion the joints so the bones don't rub together. Too much wear and tear on your cartilage can do serious damage and lead to arthritis.
We aren't saying that exercise is a bad thing by any means and it is important to continuously move around, but even more important than that is being aware of your body. Don't overwork your joints by running when your knees hurt or bench pressing more weight than you can handle. Take the time to listen to your body and take appropriate steps to keeping your joints healthy.
Keeping your weight in a healthy range for your height and age will help keep your joints from feeling too much pressure. Every pound gained adds four times the amount of pressure to your joints.
Exercise can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the stress on your joints.
After strenuous exercise, it is important to soothe your aching muscles.
People who smoke have a greater risk of fracture than nonsmokers. Smoking can reduce bone mass which can lead to osteoporosis.
Taking these simple steps towards keeping your joints healthy and strong can decrease your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and keep your body strong and active longer.
Source: Arthritis Today
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