There are so many important things that senior women today can be doing to look and feel their healthiest. Unfortunately, as we age, there are many new health risks that tend to appear and new information on healthy habits that we need to focus on. For women 65 and older, one of these health issues is proper joint health.
Joint aches and pains are a common part of the aging process. However, what many women don’t realize is that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis that can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints. Unfortunately, women are more prone to many of these joint issues than men. This is why it is so important that every senior woman is aware of some of the easy ways they can start taking control over their joint health, so they can live a pain-free life.
Here are just a few things that women can start doing today that will help minimize the impact of arthritis and joint pain.
Commit to Maintaining a Healthy Weight-
There is no better time than today to make a commitment to yourself about your weight. If you are overweight, even by a few pounds, it can put a lot of extra pressure on the joints. Every pound you carry adds an extra 2-3 pounds of force on your joints. So, that last 15 pounds you’ve been meaning to lose can really start impacting your joints. Make the commitment today and start easing the pressure on your joints.
Start Eating a More Joint-Friendly Diet-
A healthy diet is important for maintaining your weight, but it is also important for your overall joint health. A joint-friendly diet is one that will not only help you maintain your waist line, but it is one that will help maintain joint fluid and hydration. A joint-friendly diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole-grains. It should also be filled with oily fish that have good fats in them, like sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon.
Take Supplements- There are some great supplements out there that can help with your joint health and since they are all-natural, they don’t come with many side effects. Just taking medication to cover up the pain is not going to improve your joint health. It is just going to put a Band-Aid on a more serious problem. Great supplements for joint health include Turmeric, Glucosamine, Collagen and Chondroitin.
Work Out- Start exercising –
Plain and simple. Exercise can seem like a terrible idea if you struggle with joint pain, but it will only help make the discomfort better, not worse. You simply need to find the right types of exercises. Joint-friendly exercises including non-weight bearing movements like swimming and biking as well as yoga and Tai Chi.
Every senior woman, even those who have not yet experienced severe joint pain, should keep these joint health tips in mind. These are all easy things you can do to take care of your body—and there is no better time to start than today!