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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Better Joint Health

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Better Joint Health

By Brian Acton

A new year is both a time to reflect on the year that has passed and an opportunity to plan your next priorities for self-improvement. One goal worth striving for is better joint health, and if this has been on your mind, you may be planning to make joint health a focus for next year. But to improve your joint health, you’ll need an action plan. To develop one, you’ll have to break down your focus on joint health into specific priorities with actionable to-do lists. Luckily, we have a few resolutions you can make to improve your joint health, along with suggestions on how you can get there. Start an Exercise Routine If you want to promote joint strength and mobility, one of your first priorities should be establishing a regular exercise schedule. Exercise promotes joint stability, flexibility and even pain reduction among people with osteoarthritis. There are many ways you can get started:
  • Daily walks: Simple, accessible and easy to schedule.
  • Exercise classes: Exercise classes can be a fun way to engage in a social activity while breaking a sweat. Plus, putting yourself on the calendar for a class can your likelihood of committing to the workout.
  • Low Impact Exercise: If your joints are frequently painful during common movements, low impact exercise like swimming is easier on the joints.
Establish a Joint-Friendly Diet Losing weight can increase your joint function and reduce joint pain. Combined with the exercise we mentioned above, a healthier diet can help you shed pounds and make a major positive difference for your points. Of course, this includes common sense adjustments like cutting back on sugar and eating more vegetables. But there are also specific foods you can eat that are good for your joints.
  • Calcium Rich Foods: Calcium-heavy foods such as dairy, white beans, broccoli and canned fish are good for bones and joint health.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D keeps your bones strong and