Posted on 10/16/2014
Much more than just the saying that health is wealth, a healthy life is largely a choice. It is a lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle minimizes sickness, supports positive mental states, improves confidence, enhances relationships, and so much more. There is even evidence that an active lifestyle has therapeutic effects that may help in recuperating from overcoming common joint pains and arthritis.
Sometimes all it takes to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle is just that... a step. A beneficial way to promote healthy joints is to keep them moving. With all of the current workspaces or luxuries of today we find ourselves sedentary too often. Between working at a desk, watching TV, typing of Facebook and just sitting in general it is a good idea to change positions often or stand up every 15 minutes or so. This gives your body an opportunity to circulate blood flow better and to let joints be joints and move a little.
Few things in life can be more miserable than arthritis. Intuition would be to move less to minimize pain from arthritis. While rest is needed, a whole day of passiveness might actually cause the problem to worsen. Studies have found that people who exercise manage their pain much better than those who don’t. “Exercise improves your pain threshold,” says Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, a VP at Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama.
Whatever you do to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle, make sure you do it right. As always, proper form and stretching is key to any sports or athletics participation. Don't try and cut corners by skipping stretching or not learning the proper form of exercises to try and save time towards achieving a healthy lifestyle. More than likely you will do the opposite and cause pain or injure yourself.
There's no wrong athletic activity to participate in. Just choose something you'll enjoy for years to come so you can fully immerse yourself.