Dealing with joint pain can make you dread things you once
enjoyed and make simple things a pain (literally!). Below are 4 things you can
do to help extend the life of your natural joints and improve your pain
1. Lose weight - Did you know that every extra pound
you carry adds three pounds of pressure on your knees? Multiply the pressure on
your hips by six! If you have arthritis, losing just 15 pounds can cut your
knee pain in half.
2. Exercise - Even if you have joint pain, you still can
(and should) be physically active. Participate in activities like swimming,
walking, and riding a bike—which are gentler on your joints.
3. Proper Posture and Technique - Poor posture and using the wrong technique
during your daily activities adds more stress to damaged joints. Inquire with
staff at the gym or a physical therapist for suggestions for proper technique. If an activity hurts, stop doing
it right away
4. Eat anti-inflammatory foods - Fruits, leafy vegetables, oily fish, nuts and
olive oil all help to reduce inflammation in the body. Aiming for a variety of
colors and more fresh foods have been shown to reduce markers of inflammation
which can help reduce your joint pain.