Bone and Joint Health: By Rhonda Kay Leonard

Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week begins October 12th. This observanceUHS Logo week was created in order to bring to light the importance of musculoskeletal health and what can be done to prevent and care for these conditions. For adults over the age of 60, one minor fracture could be life-threatening. Here are some preventive measures that can reduce your chances of fracturing a bone.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause a huge strain on joints, resulting in chronic pain in the knees, back, and hips. The best way to relieve this pain and reduce pressure on these areas can usually be done by losing the extra pounds.

Exercise. Light to moderate exercise on a daily basis will strengthen both the joints and bones. Swimming or biking are great activities to get the heart rate up and reduce joint swelling and increase bone strength. The worst thing elders can do for their health is sit still because without moving the body for long periods of time, the joints will become stiff.

Practice good posture. Slouching is not good for your joints. Posture is also important when lifting and carrying. Use the biggest muscles in your body by bending at the knees instead of your back.

Quit drinking and smoking. Bone mass can be greatly reduced by heavy drinking and tobacco usage, increasing the chances of bone fractures. The best way to keep bones and joints healthy is by eliminating these toxic products.

Get plenty of calcium. Some excellent sources of calcium include dairy products, such as low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt; foods fortified with calcium; dark green, leafy vegetables; nuts, salmon and soybeans.

Many seniors are plagued with joint pain or fragile bones, so during Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week consider this tips in order to remain healthy and pain-free.

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