Keeping your bones and joints healthy
As you age the overall health of your bones and joints is slowly deteriorating, but there are proven ways of how you can delay this process starting right now.
It all begins in the youth
The sooner you start to maintain your bone and joint health, the more effective will be benefits in the later stage of your life. For kids it`s ensuring that they receive enough calcium (in milk or other high-calcium products) in their food. For teenagers and young adults it`s physical activity and ditching bad habits, such as smoking, that seriously affects bone mass. The fact how often the kid fractures his or hers bones when falling determines the amount of bone mass, so watch carefully about your children. If it happens all the time, and it seems that your kid`s bones are made of glass, you should get this checked. Low bone mass easily follows up in adulthood.
What young adults can do?
When you get to your early 30s the environment slightly changes creating more challenges for your bone health. Our exercise regimen and diet suffers due to the nature of the majority of office jobs. We have lesser intake of calcium in our food and drinks, and instead increase the amount of caffeine and alcohol, which are known for deteriorating bone structure. The lack of physical activity and movement makes us vulnerable for many aging bone diseases as well as gaining weight which puts a strain on our joints. Preserving bone health on this stage is no brainer – more physical activity and healthy diet with reduce of alcohol and caffeine.
What brings the Midlife?
This time of your life is point of no return, when further faith of your bone health is being determined. The biggest threat is arthritis and osteoporosis which silently eats away your bones, making them thin and weak. This condition is caused mostly by genes, smoking, certain drugs and other risk factors. So this is the most important time to get physically active, especially for women, because of the menopausal transition, though men also experience hormonal fluctuations that elevate the bone deterioration.
And finally – being senior
Believe it or not there is still possibility to improve your bone health at this stage. With modern medicine and drugs no bone loss is irreversible anymore. Though you are not so energetic as before, you still can do specialized exercises and take plenty of calcium. Nobody expects you to do cross-country running or climbing the Everest. Switch to the more appropriate activities, such as Yoga and Tai Chi