Joint health is essential for maintaining a pain free and healthy lifestyle.
But as we age, joint cartilage — the durable, elastic tissue between joints that prevents bone on bone contact — breaks down, leaving little in our hip, hand and knee joints to provide shock absorption. The resulting pain and discomfort makes maintaining an active lifestyle become increasingly difficult.
Although cartilage breakdown is a natural part of aging, exercises along with a proper diet and certain supplements can help slow the process. Glucosamine and chondroitin, for example, are naturally found in cartilage, so replenishing those nutrients through dietary supplements has helped relieve discomfort for many. But of all the ways one can support healthy, flexible joints, nothing beats movement. As they say in the world of physical therapy, “motion is lotion.”
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Moderately vigorous exercises like walking, swimming or riding a bike for 30-45 minutes 5 times a week will help improve the health of your joints and cartilage, but for those who need an at-home, low maintenance approach, here are a few great exercises to incorporate into your regimen that can help you maintain proper motion and flexibility of your joints.
8 Easy At-Home Workouts to Improve Your Joint Health
Rebecca Simonds received her doctorate in physical therapy at Emory University, and currently practices at Drayer Physical Therapy Incorporated, an outpatient orthopedic clinic outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Rebecca treats patients with a multitude of diagnosis from orthopedic injuries to neurological disorders. She is also certified in intramuscular manuals therapy, or dry needling.