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Five Simple Things You Can Do For Joint Health

Along with the chilly weather, often comes joint pain – many of us suffer from sore, achy joints, and don’t know what to do about it. Good joint health depends on a whole lot of different dietary, lifestyle and genetic factors, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

With a little bit of effort, your joint pain can be improved. We’ve put together five simple things you can do today to start making an improvement.

Use your electronics properly

In the world today, we interact with an artificial environment that our bodies didn’t evolve to cope with. Sitting at the computer all day is one particularly prevalent example of this – and the problem is compounded when we use computers and TVs, as well as phones, for recreation as well.

A proper computing position, with the screen 50-65 cm away from your face, wrists relaxed and comfortable on the keyboard, and eyes in line with the top of the screen, is a good way to reduce the load. We don’t recommend looking at devices in bed, both for blue light and postural reasons, and whenever you are still for prolonged periods (in any position) try and set regular reminders (on your phone or computer) to stand up and walk around. Have you checked out the Pomodoro Technique? A great system for increased productivity, but if you use your scheduled breaks for movement. It’s a win-win-win! Need some simple exercises to do in your breaks? Click here for some great Desk Jockey movements to help.

Lift heavy loads correctly

Whether you’re lifting loads for work every day or just moving furniture around your room occasionally, always make sure you use proper lifting technique to avoid putting strain on your joints. Your stance should be wide, and you should bend down with your hips and knees – not using your back like a crane! Look straight ahead with chest out and shoulders back and keep the load in the power zone directly in front of your torso while lifting. Even one wrong lift can wrench joints the wrong way, causing long-lasting pain, and consistent improper lifting will cause a lot of wear and tear on a regular basis.

Exercise regularly, and right

Intense, athletic exercise can really impact your joints, but the right kind of exercise is crucial to maintaining joint health. Walking, cycling and swimming are great low-intensity activities that can improve your joint health. You can also add body weight or resistance training to strengthen the muscles around your joints in order to support them and lessen the load that every day activities put on them. If you’re not sure how to do this, joining the gym and getting a few sessions with a personal trainer can put you on the right track.

Eat a joint-friendly diet

A healthy diet is good for your overall health, including your joint health. Calcium is necessary for strong bones, so get plenty of dairy and greens such as kale and broccoli. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish support your natural inflammation pathways, and your body can’t make them, so you need to include them in your diet. You can supplement your diet when necessary with some of our connective tissue supporting formulations like turmeric Bio-Curcumin and our most popular O2B Joint Ultra+®. Other options include Vitamin C from fruits or as a tasty chewy tablet, the fibrous proteins of collagen found in fish, chicken, eggs and bone broth to support the building of healthy tissue, selenium from nuts and beta-carotene from carrots, green vegetables or kumara. One of the most sophisticated antioxidants to support joint health is astaxanthin found in shrimp, prawns, crab and wild caught salmon.

Make little adjustments to prevent harmful motions

Bending, reaching and stooping over are movements that put a lot of strain on your joints. A few adjustments around the home, office and in your behaviour can reduce these triggering movements. Some examples include putting casters on furniture to make moving items easier, using effective natural cleaning products to reduce scrubbing and using kitchen appliances which reduce repetitive, labour-intensive tasks like mixing.

Need a little more help to improve joint health?

If you need extra assistance, joint supplements can provide a lot of support for your joints. O2B Healthy have a range to suit a variety of joint problems, and delivery is free, so check out our product range today to see how our supplements can improve your quality of life this new year!

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