Ever feel like your joints are no longer serving you well? Do they feel stiff and slow to move, resulting in pain or even long periods of inactivity? If so, then it is time to pay attention to the signals your body is sending you. Given the sedentary lifestyle that many women live today, it’s actually common for us to experience these types of aches and pains at an early age.
Though it might feel like you’re falling apart, minor stiffness and joint pain could just be a bi-product of inactivity and poor self-care. That said, it’s important to consult your doctor about anything that doesn’t feel right or persists. Here are some things you can do to improve your joint health today.
If you’re not getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, your body likely isn’t resting enough to repair and restore your cells. In turn, this lack of regenerative sleep can affect how you feel and the energy you have throughout the day. Keep track of how much and how well you’re sleeping with a device like Fitbit to determine where you might be lacking. When you get a good night’s sleep consistently, chances are, your joints will thank you with some relief of pain and stiffness.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
By maintaining a healthy weight, you put less strain on your joints and can move more easily and freely. Additionally, staying within a healthy weight range will help you to maintain general health overall.
Correct Your Posture
Correcting your posture is an important thing to consider if you experience prolonged joint pain. Spinal alignment also carries weight with other areas of health, such as organ, brain, and nerve function. This is primarily because our nerves run from our spine out to all other parts of the body. When any of these connections are impeded for any reason, ill-health and pain can happen.
Work on standing and sitting straighter with your shoulders back as much as possible. I know it might feel strange at first, but keep working on it, as it will get easier in time. Additionally, always be mindful of how you lift heavy objects and move as you do basic activities. Pay attention to how you feel afterward. If certain movements create pain, there is likely a connection between your posture and what your body is signaling.
Consider Seeing a Professional
If you feel like your joints are getting worse with time, consider contacting a specialist such as Community ChiroCare. Chiropractic care comes with many unique benefits to heal your body and eradicate stubborn pain. Many doctors work with chiropractors to help their patients achieve lasting results not gained from other therapies or medications.
Taking a simple walk is arguably one of the most effective, yet underappreciated, forms of exercise. Walking is great for weight loss as well as building muscle and loosening up stiff joints. Make sure to listen to your body and not overdo it if you are just starting out. This is especially important if you are in an active state of pain.
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