The human body is designed for movement, and activity. Unfortunately, age and high levels of activity can put a lot of wear and tear on our joints that can lead to discomfort, pain and even arthritis. This wear and tear can be exacerbated by many things, to name a few….
• Being overweight
• Running on concrete
• Repetitive exercise. Doing the same things over and again.
• Bad form when exercising
Even though some wear and tear is inevitable, we can minimize the effects by training smart. You can be healthy and active and keep the joints strong if you incorporate strategies into your workout program that will protect the joints and keep them strong and mobile for as long as you are active.
Low impact cardio
Exercises such as cycling, rowing, swimming and elliptical trainers result in very little or no impact on the joints and can be an excellent choice for cardio for weight loss and improving cardiovascular fitness.
Stability exercises can be used for strengthening the integrity of a joint without adding to the wear and tear. By learning to become stronger and more balanced on a mobile surface, you can become even more stable on the floor. Single leg reach and stability ball pushups are great examples of exercises that will improve the joint integrity of the ankle, knee and shoulder joints.
A consistent flexibility program can improve the movement of the joints and the better they move, the longer they will last. It is recommended to stretch everyday for at least 10 minutes and mobility can best be optimized by stretching after workouts when the body is warm.
Applying these strategies to a fitness routine will give you a better chance of protecting your joints and giving you the ability to remain active and pain free, and help keep you fit for life.