Any illness, disease or disorder does not come all of a sudden. Either it is in your genes or in your routine. If something is already running in your family history, then you should be more careful and adopt habits which will not make you fall in the same category as of your ancestors. One of the most common disorders are of joints, which almost every third person complains of.
The critical treatment of a joint disease, like arthritis, might be serious medication or a surgery. Obviously, nobody wants that. Then, the thing you can do easily is quit the habits which are bad for your health, especially joints.
Avoid repetitive activities or reduce them. We all happen to be in the era of smartphones so it is not easy to stay away from them, but it does not mean that we should exert our joints by texting or using that phone excessively on a daily basis. Texting and other such repetitive actions like dicing food, typing or writing can affect all the joints, from your shoulders to your thumbs. Quitting or breaking this habit is as easy as taking a break of a few minutes or choosing an alternative to do the same thing. Like you can use the handset to talk to someone instead of texting if you want to talk more or get a slicer/chopper to dice vegetables and fruits instead of the knife that you use.
Not going for the good moves
Exercise is one of the greatest habits to give you healthy muscles and bones, but you probably not do it everyday. No regular walks, jogging, or half an hour workouts. And it is not just about exercising, it is rather about not changing your positions while you are sitting somewhere. An example of such a habit is like sitting for the entire day in your office, without stretching out or taking a small walk. Sitting with your knees locked for long hours is an equally unhealthy habit. Break this habit; change positions, take a walk, stretch out and adopt daily exercises to prevent your muscles and bones from getting strained and tired.
Carrying heavy backpacks or purses
Carrying your backpack or purse over the same shoulder and in the same way for every day and especially when it is too heavy, it is actually affecting your posture. It strains out the joints and muscles of your neck and shoulders. Break this habit by reducing the weight of your bag or changing the angle you take it with.
Not working to strengthen yourself
People see yoga as a gentle exercise, but it is actually a workout which strengthens your inner self and your entire body. It enhances your postures and allows your joints to move freely. If you are not doing any such thing, then break this habit by adopting yoga in your daily routine.
Exerting yourself is not a good idea. You might think that you can drive for hours and hours without taking a break or do more and more exercises every day, but your body might not agree. Overworking yourself is doing no good to you. Break this habit and realize when your body had enough and when you are getting tired. Take a break at that time, rest or avoid that activity for a while.
Sleep is the time where your body takes a rest and undergoes a repairing process. If you are not sleeping for seven to eight hours, then you are being your own enemy. Sleep is there to help you recover from whatever you have done to your body during the entire day, like exertion and straining. Break this habit by working on your sleeping duration.
How much do you hate the cars’ smoke, or any other smoke caused by something burning. Smoking is like consuming that smoke into your most precious organs and make your body initially weak. And Nicotine is believed to block the blood vessels which provide blood to your joints, especially affecting the spine. Is it not the worst thing you could be doing to yourself? Yes! So, break this habit by controlling the urge to smoke and reduce your habit the best you can. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Putting on weight
If you are not taking care of yourself and not noticing how much weight you are gaining with every month that passes by, then you are leading your joints to suffer. Gaining weight makes your feet carry more weight than before, the heaviness on your knees and other important joints will cause pain in different parts of the body and you might ultimately suffer from some joint disease. Break this habit by keeping a check on your weight and diet.
Not consuming Calcium and Vitamin D
These supplements are not only for the people who are prescribed to have them for some medical illness, but calcium and vitamin D are very important for everyone to keep their bones strong. Weak bones make us vulnerable for all bone illnesses. So don’t wait for a warning, ask your doctor about these supplements to see if you need them for better bone health.
Not paying attention to your body
Your body might warn you about many disorders, but by not paying attention, you just make the matters worse. Pay attention to your body; any kind of swelling, stiffness or any other unusual condition might want you to see a doctor.
Quitting these daily habits can reduce the chances for you to suffer from any joint disease.
Zyana Morris is a blogger who usually writes about health related topics. She also writes for different health related brands.