Don’t let your age dictate your joint health.
by: Brian Paul
One of the main areas to receive pain and discomfort as the years go by is your joints. These joints go through a lot of stress on a day-to-day basis, and without following
some steps you may experience serious pain or injury. Sara Key is a physiotherapist who will agree that when it comes to your joint health as a senior, you need to take proper care and preventive measures in the following 3 ways:
1) Stretching does a Masters Body Good
Doctors at McGovern Physical Therapy Associates and Game 7 Sports Training have concluded that, for senior athletes, stretching is a must do method in order to keep your joints healthy. You can stretch in various different ways such as the normal method of straight leg hangs etc. or you could choose to do Tai Chi or Yoga as well. Tai Chi and Yoga are also great ways to have fun while keeping up with stretching your muscles and joints. After stretching your joints it is also recommended by many physical therapists to take a nice, brisk jog for 10-15 minutes if possible, and then stretch afterwards as well. This method forces your joints to get some momentum going and loosening them out, and is especially good for those that sit and lay most of the day due exhaustion.
2) Consume Enough Vitamins Daily
Vitamins and minerals are able to both relieve joint pains and prevent them as well. These nutrients are needed by your body to perform many functions, and without them you Continue reading
Senior athletes enjoy favorite sports more when fit
To be sure, senior bone health is critically important, and an added benefit to resistance training is increased bone density, but our skeletons, and thus our bodies, are nothing without a very strong, flexible muscle base.
Yoga instructors often talk about not “settling into your joints” meaning that our muscles should carry our weight, not our joints. This is really a key concept in understanding the importance of a strong muscle base for those seeking to become masters athletes. For most of us, our joints have several decades of use on them, and if our muscle base is allowed to decline then the joints must bear more weight, stress, and wear.
Conversely, when our muscles are strong they act to “lift” our body weight off of the joints and we in fact become more fluid, graceful, and physically capable of doing whatever we want to do for many, many years – and we also then put less wear and tear on our joints.
Try it, stand up right now with your normal posture. Now act as if you have a string attached to the top of your head and someone is pulling up on it, lifting the weight off of your feet. Do you feel it? It’s awesome, you can literally feel the weight coming off of your joints and your posture aligning more straightly, it feels like the force of gravity is reduced.
Now imagine if all your muscles were twice as strong as they are now what it would feel like. Imagine how much less wear and tear you’d have on your spine and on all of your weight-bearing joints. It should make you feel like you want to get in the gym and start working.
It’s important to think of our bodies as Continue reading