Here are some simply ways that will help to protect your vital joints, such as your knees, and help you to remain active and able to exercise.
These tips are great for anyone, but especially for anyone aged 50+, and for those that are looking to get more active now that we are approaching the warmer spring and summer months.
Below is 2 easy things you can do to help protect your joints:
- Tips for choosing what surface you walk on.
- Tips for choosing what to wear on your feet.
The best surfaces to walk on to save your joints…
Something to keep in mind while trying to protect your vital joints such as your knees is the type of surface you walk/run on. The surface you choose to walk or run on can have serious consequences and can make the painful process of arthritis happening inside joints inevitable.
If you have a choice, uneven and gravelly surfaces should be avoided. Here is why it’s important: any surface that doesn’t offer a flat, stable base will test your balance, stress your joints and your muscle strength and your energy levels, all to a point where you could be doing more harm than good.
When it comes to being active (and walking or running) and keeping on the go, nothing is better than changing the surface you walk on to give some of your muscles a rest, while working others at the same time.
Here are your best options:
**Mix it up a little and alternate between sand, grass, and a nice flat surface and once in a while, hills or woodland is fine, too.
What not to wear on your feet…
Most people know that the more cushion you have on your shoes, the less impact through your joints. But, what a lot of people don’t know is that there’s also support and protection for joints to be found in the way you wear those shoes.
If you leave them loose, causing your vital joints to move around too much, it will cause joint surfaces to rub together which can be very painful…
**If you pull the laces tight enough, it can be a source of vital support. The tighter your shoes are (but not so tight that it will restrict blood supply), the less movement at your knee and ankle joints. And that means less rubbing and wear or tear of joint surfaces, therefore less damage in the joints in the long run. And that’s why sandals or loose fitting type shoes should NEVER be worn when you’re being active or exercising.
If you’d like to get more tips on how to protect you knee joints, join us for our FREE knee pain course Saturday May 8th from 10am-11am.
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