Habits That Are Bad for Joint Health

January 5, 2018 in STSMPT

 

A common source of pain is joint pain. Some of this can come down to arthritis or other disorders. However, we can sometimes be our own worst enemies. Our daily habits can wreak havoc on our joints. Below, are some habits that can lead to bad joint health.

  • Not moving enough: Having a sedentary lifestyle can lead to strain on joints and cartilage. This is, in part, caused by lack of blood flow to these areas when we’re not moving. If you’re working a desk job, take a break from sitting every 10-15 minutes or so to stretch, walk around, or at least shift positions.
  • Nonstop repetitive activities: Repetitive activities can lead to joint strain, particularly in our hands and shoulders. These activities include typing, chopping food, and texting. Take breaks every 2 to 3 minutes when doing these activities.
  • Carrying excess weight: Being overweight can put extra strain on our joints, particularly our knees and hips. To ease this load, see a doctor about a diet and exercise plan that is good for your particular health needs.
  • Carrying purses or backpacks that are too heavy: Too much weight loaded into these can alter posture and strain the muscles and joints in the neck and shoulders.
  • Not doing strength training: Strength training helps strengthen the muscles that support the joints. Studies have tied strength training to lessening pain levels.
  • Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D: Optimal levels of both lead to stronger bones and joints.

Our daily habits can play a big role in our overall health. It’s important to be able to identify problem habits and correct them to optimize our quality of life.

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