ExerciseLet's be honest now, everyone over 50 feels stiff, has muscle soreness and is not as flexible as they were before. Do you feel stiffness in your joints and muscles? Is it worse in the morning?
It may be because you don’t move much. Time to get moving! Stretch those muscles out, and take baby steps to incorporate physical activity into your routine.
Even if it is a 5-minute walk, a few stretching exercises, or a light swim, any movement can help maintain joint flexibility and prevent pain and stiffness. If you work at a desk, then once an hour get moving! The top of each hour just stand and march in place for 250 steps. It will really get things moving along and soon you will feel less muscle stress and fatigue.
Before you know it, you will be able to run a few minutes at a time. Many agree that interval training is better than just one physical exercise a day.
Anti-inflammatory DietAs arthritis is an inflammatory disease, it may be beneficial to follow an anti-inflammatory diet to relieve severe joint pain.
It is suggested that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce joint stiffness and muscle pain. Consume 2 servings of fatty fish a week, nuts, olive oil, lots of leafy greens, and add anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric to your dishes. Remember, nothing works like magic. You need to be consistent, and follow a life-long healthy diet to help prevent inflammatory-related conditions.
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