A research poll conducted by the makers of Tylenol and supported by the Arthritis Foundation found that a majority of baby boomers feel that 50 is the new 40, even though 8 out of 10 said their bodies can no longer do many of things they could do ten years ago. To help prevent the onset of aches, pains, joint stiffness and health threats, there are several beneficial things people over age 50 can do to maintain their youth.
If you are overweight, losing just 10 pounds can lessen the stress on your knees and hips and help reduce arthritis pain. For every 11 pounds you lose, you could reduce the risk of joint pain and stiffness by 50 percent!
If you need to lose weight, look for small ways to cut calories from your daily eating habits. Cutting just 250 calories from your daily diet will result in losing half a pound a week. Here are some easy ways to achieve this goal. Drink water instead of juice or soda. Switch to non-fat or low-fat dairy products. Eat fruit as a snack, instead of potato chips and candy. Think about what you’re eating. Are you really hungry for a second helping or dessert?
Commit to a schedule of regular chiropractic adjustments. Everyone needs a healthy spine in order for brain signals to reach every area of the body. When misalignments in the spine block brain signals, your immune system becomes suppressed, opening a door for sickness, pain and loss of some types of mobility. Through chiropractic adjustments, you will enable your body to function at its maximum capacity and help maintain your health and active lifestyle.
Muscles are the shock absorbers for your joints. If you have weak muscles, you’ll more likely to suffer with joint pain or stiffness. Start doing simple strength building exercises—get moving!
Joint stiffness is a symptom of arthritis that gets worse if you don’t exercise. Make time to bend and stretch each day to obtain maximum flexibility and reduce symptoms of arthritis.
This is just a small list of things you can do to help restore and maintain your lifestyle. Consult your family doctor and doctor of chiropractic for more health tips that can be specifically customized for you.