Do Your Joints a Big Favor

We’ve all been there. Getting up from the easy chair, or waking in the morning, there’s a twinge or tweak of joint or muscle pain that reminds us we’re not in our 20s anymore.

As we get older, one of our trouble spots is our joints. If you’ve ever experienced joint pain – or if you experience it regularly – you know how uncomfortable it can be. Fortunately, there are a number of physical exercises and natural remedies that can help reduce the discomfort associated with joint pain.

Get Active

  • Sounds simple enough and it is. Walking regularly is especially good for those with rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s also healthy for your heart.
  • While jogging can be good for your heart but bad for your knees, the smoother motion of biking is good for both.
  • Yoga and Tai Chi. These disciplines can improve coordination and balance. They also lead to improved body awareness and the ability to relax.
  • This physical fitness system not only improves controls of muscles, but also helps manage the pain.
  • Work out with Weights. If you can strengthen your muscles with weights, there will be less strain on your joints. The weights don’t need to be large.
  • An aerobic workout in the water will help you stretch your muscles, soothe your joints and help you control weight.

Herbal Relief

  • Epsom salt baths can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.
  • Mix in Turmeric to food or take supplements, Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
  • Fatty acids are your friend. These good fats are known to help with inflammation, so try to add more into your diet. These foods include: walnuts, almonds, dark leafy greens, and flaxseed.

Do you ever experience joint pain? Have you ever tried any of these remedies to help manage the pain? I’d love to hear from you about it.

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