Keep your joints moving

People have always been told that running and impact activities are bad for your joints, but exciting new research has proven that we were absolutely wrong! In fact, running and weight bearing activity is actually good for our joints and can protect us from the harmful effects of arthritis. Be sure to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. There is no question that extra weight can be devastating to our joints over time. Any exercise that you enjoy doing that reduces weight can have a tremendous effect on your joint health.
  • Get regular aerobic exercise, especially low-impact aerobic activities, such as bike riding, swimming or elliptical machines. Those types of exercise will protect the joints and the muscles around them. While running use to be considered a taboo there are now several studies to suggest that running may be protective for your joints just like other low-impact activities.
  • Include stretching to stay limber. This helps prevent tight muscles, which exert extra force on joints and limit range of motion.
  • Weight-bearing exercise is great and keeps bones strong. Weight-bearing exercises include weight lifting, as well as aerobic activities in which you must support your own weight. Examples include running, skiing, soccer, rock climbing or jumping rope.
  • Take care of your joints starting today. You are never too old or young to start! Every age group benefits from exercise.
 

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