It's a known fact that as we age, natural wear and tear on our joints cause cause our bodies to change and not feel like they used to. In order to care for our joints properly, it's important to understand how they change over time and what we can do to promote proper joint health.
Joints are the areas where bones come together. They are cushioned by the surrounding cartilage, synovial membranes and fluid so that the bones don't directly come in contact with each another. Over time, normal amounts of physical activity cause joint motion to become more restricted because of changes in ligaments and tendons. Fluid in the joints may decrease, causing cartilage to rub together and begin to gradually erode. Ligaments also tend to shorten and lose some of their flexibility, which is what often makes joints feel stiff. This is most common in joints like shoulders, knees and hips. Ankles, however, typically change very little with age.
Loss of muscle mass is also a common occurrence. Everyone naturally loses some muscle as they age, and if you don't keep up with maintaining your muscle, your joints begin to absorb more of the pounding from daily life and exercise – which can contribute to further damage.
How to promote joint health as you age
Contrary to popular belief, these age-related changes in your joints are often caused by lack of exercise. By consistently moving the joint, the fluid is kept moving. Being inactive causes the cartilage to stiffen and shrink, promoting poor joint mobility. Lack of exercise can also often lead to an unhealthy weight. Excess weight gives more for the joints to carry, which causes more damage in the long run. Knees have to work the hardest to support your body weight, causing the cartilage to quickly thin. Swimming is a great form of exercise that is easy on the joints. You could also consider other low-impact aerobic exercises like biking or walking. Be careful not to overwork one area, because that may decrease joint comfort. Try to switch up your routine every once in awhile.
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