What does this do to your health? He slowly begins to lose his body’s ability to move because sitting creates neurostructural changes to his spine and even affects his mortality. Yes, I said, it increases your chances of dying! It is estimated that physical inactivity represents 6% of deaths in the world. The World Health Organization recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain types of cancer.
We, as humans, are made to move; use all joints and muscles to keep your body running efficiently. When you don’t move your muscles, tight joints become brittle, cartilage breaks down, and you develop chronic pain.
Most people spend time in the gym exercising their muscles and even their hearts, but no one is on the men’s or women’s health page because they have strong, flexible joints.
However, having flexible and strong joints will make you more agile, stronger, faster and less prone to injury. Think about it: if you have flexible hips and pelvic joints, bending over to grab something off the floor wouldn’t be that hard!
Here are 5 things you can do to help your joints:
- sit less
As mentioned above, people who sit longer live less. Sitting reduces nerve signals from your body to your brain and back, reduces blood flow, tightens your muscles, and does not allow nutrients to enter your joints and flush out toxins. Sitting increases back and hip pain.
“But Dr. Herr, I drive for a living or I work at a computer all day.” Set a timer, then get up and moving every 25 minutes. If you work at a computer, get a standing desk or work standing up for a while.
- Do joint mobility and foam rollers.
Do some joint mobility in the morning. You’ve been sleeping and not moving all night, joint mobility is a great way to prepare your joints and prepare them for the day. If you’ve ever owned a dog or cat, what’s the first thing they do after waking up? They move!
Some rolling foam. All the sitting and lack of movement will create tightness and tension in the muscles. Not using the muscles causes them to fall asleep because they are not being stimulated.
If you need help, ask us about our joint mobility or foam rolling exercises.
- walk more
When you walk, many joints in your body move. Walking causes the joints in your body to compress and decompress, delivering nutrients to the cartilage and removing toxins.
- Use collagen and vitamin C. Collagen provides proteins that you use to make BUILDING BLOCKS OF YOUR BODY TO BUILD STRONGER JOINTS. Vitamin C also helps to produce collagen.
- Maintain a good structure and a spine free of neurostructural changes.
I feel it goes without saying that maintaining a healthy spine will help the rest of the joints in our body to function optimally. Just think, if your hips are on the right side of your body, how much more stress is on your right knee and ankle. More pressure means more wear.
A teacher who told him in class “Movement is life.” Sor, take a few minutes to work on your joint health and your body will thank you.