Hips and knees are the first places we experience pain as we age. This is a reminder that our body isn’t the latest model anymore. Over the years, changes in articular cartilage and ligaments cause pain, swelling and reduced mobility. But although arthritis or osteoarthritis affects many over 40, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent and alleviate symptoms.
Prevent joint pain with physical activity
Exercise gives you so many health benefits that it’s silly not to. Activity prevents the joints from stiffening and strengthens the muscles so they can support and relieve the joints. Even if you have a rheumatic disorder, you will, to some extent, be able to keep fit with regular exercise. And changes in the body caused by the disease may not have such a serious effect. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. You can break it into sections of, for example, 10 minutes each.
It’s important to do exercises that don’t burden your joints too much. Swimming and any exercise in water is perfect, especially in a heated pool, because the heat relieves pain and improves mobility. Cycling, cross country skiing, easy gym, strength training with machines or rubber bands, and walking are all exercises with a low load on the joints.
Prevent joint pain when you exercise
If you haven`t exercised for a while, it’s important to listen to your body.
It’s common to experience some pain when you first start exercising because the joints and muscles are being exposed to unusual stress. But if the pain continues after a while, the workout might be too stressful for your joints and you should try something else. A physical therapist can help you determine what type of exercise is best for you.
If you have arthritis, it’s smart to exercise your fingers too. Kneading bread dough is a good workout for your fingers. So, if you haven’t been the biggest bread baker, you have good reason to be one now!
Möller’s Omega-3 Joints is especially designed to alleviate stiff joints and to keep your joints in good condition. In addition to omega-3 and vitamin D, it contains copper, which helps to maintain the connective tissue in the joints. It also contains ginger, which has traditionally been used to alleviate and decrease joint pain.