Being active is part of an optimal lifestyle, and there are simple steps you can take to help protect your joints from the normal wear and tear of everyday activities. In addition to following an anti-inflammatory diet and prudent supplementation, consider these simple strategies:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Losing just a few pounds can alleviate excess mechanical stress on joints.
- Avoid intense activities that can injure or strain the joint cartilage.
- Get exercise. Performed at a level that does not stress joints, daily physical activity is the key to maintaining lifelong mobility – it strengthens surrounding muscles that support and protect joints. Swimming, stationary cycling and light weight training are good choices, as are stretching and balance exercises such as yoga and tai chi.
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