Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with joint aches and pains
Maintain a healthy weight
Even being a few pounds overweight can put your weight bearing hips and knees, under pressure. The Arthritis Foundation (US) say that every pound of extra weight you carry puts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees, while chemicals released by fat also cause inflammation.
Stay fit and active
A New York times article on bone health and ageing, advocates building up muscle strength using low impact exercises; try cycling and exercising in water. Women’s Health Concern promote weight bearing and weight resistance exercise to build up muscle power and stabilise joints as your body works against gravity: walking, climbing stairs, tennis, jogging and working out with light weights, all help. Watch our YouTube vlog Yoga with Annie – Basic Stretching Exercises. Play our Spotify playlist as you exercise.
Consult your doctor before starting an exercise programme if you are experiencing significant aches and pains, especially back pain.
Check out your posture
When you’re feeling achy and stiff, you may over compensate by the way you hold your body, straining muscles and causing spasms. Stretch your skeleton by learning a few simple stretching exercises, watch our YouTube vlog Yoga with Annie – Basic Stretching Exercises. and no slouching!
When stressed your body releases cortisol, which can cause inflammation. Find your own stress-buster to control your cortisol levels, preventing aches and pains. Try yoga, meditation, mindfulness or doing exercise.