7 Worst Daily Habits for Your Joints as You Age

7 Worst Daily Habits for Your Joints as You Age

1. You're sedentary too much.

According to Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, a sedentary lifestyle can result in joint stiffness and weakness. For this reason, it's essential to get up and move around every hour or so to maintain your joints lubricated and in good shape.

2. You're not drinking enough water.

Joint discomfort can be brought on by dehydration, according to Orthopedic Associates. The good news is that drinking enough water throughout the day can help prevent joint issues if you stay hydrated.

3. You have an improper work desk setup.

According to the experts at Spine-health, poor posture while working at a desk can put stress on your neck, shoulders, and back joints.

4. You're avoiding strength training.

As we age, preserving joint health requires strength training. Strength exercise supports bone and joint health, lowers the chance of injury, and increases muscle growth and strength, according to the National Institutes on Aging.

5. You're overweight.

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center claims that carrying more weight places additional strain on the joints, accelerating joint degradation. However, over time, avoiding joint deterioration can be achieved by maintaining a healthy weight with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.

6. You're ignoring mobility work.

Exercises that improve mobility keep your joints lubricated and flexible. "While you might have been able to skip mobility exercises or adequate warming up when you were younger, warming up becomes essential as you age. In the absence of this, you risk suffering from wounds, pain, stiffness, and joint soreness. 

7. You're carrying items on one side of your body.

According to the results of a 2018 study, carrying heavy bags, backpacks, or even shopping bags on one side of your body might lead to imbalance and strain on your joints. Fortunately, you can avoid joint issues by swapping sides or wearing a backpack with two straps.

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