Keeping your joints healthy is essential to overall well-being. Little habits indulged throughout the day might not seem to do much harm, but with the passage of time such things as poor posture could lead to issues, especially in the joints.
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Your gait (the way you walk) can help or hurt your joints, especially as you age. An unbalanced gait can throw off your shoulders, hips, and knees. That can increase the risk of injury due to instability and loss of balance. Relax your shoulders and try not to lean back to avoid pressure on your joints.
“Text Neck” is now so common that some people refer to it as an epidemic. Looking down too often can cause joint pain, nerve damage, neck pain, and harm to the cervical spine. Take breaks, bring your phone to eye level to look at it (rather than bend your neck), and do neck stretches whenever possible.
Ever notice your shoulders roll forward? Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as problems with flexibility and strength. Several studies have shown that activities like yoga can improve many of these issues. Get in a stretch at work and stay aware of your posture throughout the day.
Maybe you’re lifting weights that are too heavy or are using the wrong method to lift everyday items like moving-boxes. Make sure you’re lifting with your knees and not your back. It’s common to injure your spine, specifically the sacroiliac joint (SI). Be sure to speak to your doctor if you injured this joint.
Too Much Cardio,
Not Enough Weights
Lifting too much weight can be as bad as lifting too little. If you do only cardio and get no form of muscle-building exercise, you might strain your joints. Be sure to lift only as much as you comfortably can for a few repetitions. Get in both cardio and muscle strengthening with these beginner workout tips.
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