With the start of 2018, comes plenty of new year’s resolutions. One thing that we hope is included in your list to make this year a great one, is the resolution to take care of your body. Whether that’s through joining a running club, attending a yoga class or learning the act of meditation, we’ve listed several ways below to take care of yourself in 2018.
We talked about the importance of this in our recent blog post, but stretching on a regular basis, especially after a workout, is extremely beneficial to your body. Without stretching, your muscles will become tight and short, increasing your risk for joint pains, muscle damage and strains. This year, make it a priority to stretch. Whether that’s first thing in the morning, or setting a reminder on your phone to stretch post-workout, it will help out your body in the long run.
Yoga is a great way to not only improve your flexibility and posture, but also this practice helps to prevent cartilage and joints from breaking down. This exercise brings your joints through a full range of motion, which can in turn help prevent degenerative arthritis. This is due to the fact that it uses areas of cartilage that aren’t regularly exercised, allowing them to absorb the nutrients that it needs. Read all about it here, via Yoga Journal.
Going for a Walk
Going for a walk is great for many reasons. For one, it’s a good way to de-stress. Walking lowers your blood sugar levels, along with your overall risk for diabetes. It will also help out your mood, which can benefit you both physically and mentally.
Eating Right for your Joints
Eating right has so many benefits, most of which you already know. Did you also know that eating certain foods can also be good for your joints? Foods like nuts and berries help to fight off inflammation that surrounds joint pain. Eating fish is also a great reliever when it comes to reducing joint pain and stiffness. Read all about which foods can help your joints here, via Men’s Fitness.
If you have any questions about various ways to take care of your body please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician.