By: Mary Pat Baldauf
This year, resolve to be good to your joints! This great article from Arthritis Today lists 51 ways to improve your joint health. Even though you may not have arthritis, it’s important to protect your joints to maximize their use, mobility and function for as long as we can.
There are several items in particular that I need to work on:
Stttrrreeetttccchhh. Stretching isn’t just for workouts anymore. Take breaks throughout the day, including at your office, to get re-energized and help keep your muscles and ligaments flexible and strong.
Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing.
Sit and stand. Neither sitting nor standing on your feet all day is good for you. When possible, alternate between the two to prevent locking yourself in one position. If your job primarily involves sitting, take a break and stand up every 30 minutes or so.
Check out the article and see how you can be kind to your joints in 2013.
Do you have any joint issues? What is your favorite tip to either take care of it or help prevent joint pain flare up?