Focusing on Joint Health and Healthy Living for the New Year
As the holidays wind down it’s important to make sure that you remember to do something for yourself. During Christmas time and New Year’s we all tend to splurge in our own ways, whether that means eating the foods we normally wouldn’t, or spending a little extra on that perfect gift for that certain special someone. But it’s still vitally important to take care of your body. Our joints are just like other parts of our body in that we take them for granted until they start to break down on us. We’d like to go over some tips that will help your body stay healthy and feeling great for the holidays, setting you up for a healthy, productive, and active 2018.
Tip #1: Movement, Movement, Movement
Stay in motion when you can. We know that many jobs these days have people sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time, but it’s important for your joints to move around — it decreases overall stiffness. Change positions often. Stand whenever you can. Get an office stretch routine going for a minute or two each hour — it does wonders for your body!
Tip #2: Stretch Warm
Don’t stretch before exercising. The ideal situation is to warm up with a walk or take a swim to warm up the muscles and loosen up the ligaments, tendons, and joints. Do this before stretching to get a deeper, more fulfilling stretch.
Tip #3: Opt for Low-Impact When Possible
Our marathon runners might scoff at this one. We’re not knocking running or cross training over here. We’d just like to remind our patients and readership to engage in cardio that doesn’t pound your joints or create as much wear and tear, like walking, bicycling, or weight training.
Tip #4: Maintain Bone Health
We all know how beneficial dairy products are for our bones. Calcium and vitamin D both help fortify your bones, but what if you’re vegan or dairy-free? In that case, we suggest other options like green, leafy, cruciferous veggies, like broccoli and kale. You can also ask your doctor at AVORS about supplements you can take. Here’s a resource for some vegan meal prepping ideas if you’re scratching your head about where you’re going to get your vitamin D and calcium.
Tip #5: Don’t Drink and Drive
Taking care of yourself also means taking preventive measures in our lives to give ourselves the best possible shot at happiness. This means making responsible decisions during the holiday season. Scram Systems asserts that 40% of traffic-related deaths that occur during the holidays are due to drunk driving (as opposed to 28% the rest of the year). A record 103 million people hit the roads to visit families or head to parties and events between December 23 and January 3. It’s important that we all take care of ourselves and each other during this holiday season. There’s really no excuse these days (not that there has ever really been one) to drive under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Resources like Lyft and Uber make it easier than ever to get a safe ride home.
We hope some of this helps. At AVORS we have a team of respected doctors and dedicated staff, serving as leading Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Specialists in Antelope Valley and beyond.