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3 exercises to keep your joints healthy
 3 exercises to keep your joints healthy

By: Dr. Hulsey

The holiday season is an easy time to become a couch potato enjoying a full suite of Christmas sweets, treats, and time off your feet. Too much sedentary sitting can make your joints feel stiff and unused. We all know the value of staying active, but where do you start with joint health? Here are three exercises we’ve found that keep you moving and your joints feeling like they should this winter.

1. Take a walk or go for a jog or run every day.

Strap on your shoes and hit the trail for a brisk walk or even a run. The movement your body endures during a walk or jog encourages blood flow throughout your body. Walking for 30 to 60 minutes every day can also help you maintain a healthy body weight. This will alleviate unnecessary pressure on your back, hips, and knees. Walking is especially good for people who suffer from forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (Arthritis.org)

2. Do weight-resistance exercises.

Weight-bearing exercises encourage our bodies to grow more muscles, which help reduce tension on your joints. You don’t need to get a new gym membership to do effective strength training. A few sets of push-ups and a set of dumbbells are all you need to complete an excellent strength training regimen. Try to exercise two to three times a week for at least 20 minutes per session.

3. Go for a swim.

If you’re suffering from joint pain, strap on your swim cap for a dip in the pool. Water’s natural resistance keeps our bodies from experiencing the constant strain of gravity on achy joints. Water aerobics, swimming, and even walking back and forth in the shallow end provide gradual resistance to keep your joints healthy. You don’t have to be a champion swimmer, just willing to get in the pool a few times each week.

Having healthy joints is essential to living the life you want. Our board-certified physicians at Orthopedic Associates can help you find the right exercise to keep your knees, hips, shoulders, and other joints feeling their best. If you’re feeling aches and pains in your joints, click here to schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates.

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