Your joints are one of your body’s most powerful support systems – literally. Whether you’re going for a run, reaching for something on a high shelf, or even just getting out of bed in the morning, your joints support your active and day-to-day lifestyles. However, joint discomfort or unhealthy joints can make even simple movements difficult.

Let’s take a look at how joints work and six easy ways to protect them.

 

How do joints work?

Each joint is made up of at least two surfaces that touch each other and allow for movement. Types of joints include the ball and socket joint (such as the hip), hinge joints (such as the knee and elbow), and gliding joints (such as the spine). Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are attached around the joint at very specific positions to help the joint move in the way it is supposed to move. Fluid within the joints reduces friction and allows the joints to move with ease.1

As you age, joints typically become stiffer and less flexible as the lubricating fluid in the joints decreases, and the cartilage surrounding them becomes thinner.

Let’s dive into what you can do to help keep your joints healthy.

 

Six easy and important ways to support joint health

1. Keep moving

Staying active can help reduce stiffness in your joints. Physical activity encourages the circulation of the fluid that surrounds and lubricates your joints. As your heart gets pumping, it also increases the blood flow throughout your body, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your joints. Strength-training exercises can also be beneficial to your joints, as they strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround your joints, holding them in place.2

If you’re unsure about adjusting your exercise, consider speaking to your healthcare provider.

 

2. Listen to your body

Nobody knows your body better than you. As you stretch, exercise, or even as you’re going about your daily activities, make sure you’re paying attention to any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Ignoring the signals your body is giving you could lead to injury or strain in the long run.

 

3. Take a joint-support supplement

Taking a supplement can be a great way to reduce discomfort and support your joints so that you can achieve improved range of motion during your physical activity. Sisu No.7 brings together seven bio-active ingredients to reduce joint discomfort associated with osteoarthritis in as little as seven days. Each capsule contains 5-Loxin AdvancedTM, a clinically-proven form of boswellia extract, UC II® Collagen, Ester-C®, turmeric, white willow bark, ginger, and cayenne.

This supplement helps relieve joint pain & stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in as little as seven days. It also helps support joint function and helps in the development and maintenance of bones.

 

4. Do low-impact exercises

Don’t be fooled – low-impact exercise does not mean low-intensity exercise. Low-impact exercises are simply those that put less strain on your joints, such as swimming, cycling, or yoga. On the other hand, high-impact activities are those that put more stress on your joints, such as running, skiing, or aerobics.

Incorporating low-impact activities into your workouts can help ease the stress on your joints and allow them to recover from higher impact activities.

 

5. Eat anti-inflammatory foods

While there’s no special diet that can solve your joint problems, there are certain foods that you can eat to help fight inflammation and reduce symptoms of discomfort in your joints. Anti-inflammatory foods include fish, olive oil, tomatoes, turmeric, ginger, and green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale as well as many others.3

 

6. Focus on range-of-motion exercises

A range-of-motion exercise refers to an activity that aims to improve the movement of a specific joint. People with joint issues often have trouble achieving a full range-of-motion because of the stiffness or discomfort in their joints. Learning a routine of basic range-of-motion exercises can help increase mobility and help joints get stronger and more flexible over time.

Remember to speak with your healthcare provider or a qualified professional to find a routine that is right for you.

 

Support your support system

It is never too early to start focusing on joint health. By merely adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, exercising regularly, or taking a joint-supporting supplement such as Sisu No.7, you can start supporting your joints’ health and mobility.

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1 https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Joint-Health
2 http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/exercise-benefits-for-joints/
3 https://www.hsonline.ca/managing-hs/nutrition/the-anti-inflammatory-diet.html