It’s important to keep your joints and bones healthy, no matter your age. However, as you get older, your joints are likely to need more support, and you’ll need to be more mindful about joint care. With that in mind, we’ve put together five ways to take better care of your joints, so you can help to protect them and keep them strong and healthy.
1. Get Active
One of the best ways to maintain optimal joint health is to get active. Exercise can help to strengthen your muscles, ligaments and tendons that surround and protect the joints and bones.
Making a conscious effort to be active regularly can help to improve your mobility and joint health.
This can be anything from a gentle jog around the park, or simply making sure that you’re doing your daily 10,000 steps.
2. Improve Your Posture
Adopting a good posture helps to ensure that your bones and joints are correctly aligned, helping to prevent stress and tension, and reducing fatigue.
To improve your posture and for optimal joint health, we recommend practising yoga.
Yoga poses can help to strengthen your muscles and relieve the stress on your joints.
Here are some yoga poses that you could try as part of your new joint care routine:
- Tiger pose – Get on all fours and lift one leg back. Then, pick up the opposite arm and stretch it out in front of you. The goal is to stay balanced and to keep your hips level. Hold for 45 seconds and then switch.
- Cobra – Lie flat on your tummy and lift your chest up using your arms. Roll your shoulders back and keep your ribs low to the floor. You want to make sure that your neck remains neutral, so look straight ahead and try not to strain it. Hold for 30 seconds.
- Cow face – Sit down on the floor with your back straight and cross your legs over each other, with both of your feet reaching behind you. Lift your right arm up in the air and bend it over your right shoulder. With your left arm, wrap it round your back so both hands meet in the middle. Hold for 45 seconds and switch arms.
3. Get Enough Protein in Your Diet
Eating healthily is not only important for your overall health and wellbeing, but for your joint health too. As part of your new joint care routine, ensure that you’re consuming enough protein in your diet.
With that in mind, incorporating foods like salmon, mackerel, chicken, eggs, and legumes will help to ensure that your body is receiving adequate levels of protein, and can help to strengthen your muscles, in order to cushion and protect your joints.
4. Never Ignore an Injury
Injuries can cause inflammation, which can in turn increase joint stiffness and restrict your movement.
Overworking an injury may put more strain and stress on your joints, which could lead to further complications.
To maximise joint health, it’s important to wait until you have fully recovered from an injury before you start training again.
5. Incorporate Collagen into Your Routine
Collagen plays an essential role in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as bones, tendons and joints. However, our collagen levels start to deplete as we age, which can have an impact on our joint health. Therefore, we recommend incorporating joint care supplements into your routine.
At LQ Collagen, we have collagen supplements designed specifically for your joint health, in both liquid and powder form.
Our Joint Care Powder provides 5000mg of Hydrolysed Marine Collagen, while the Joint Care Max provides 2000mg. Both joint care supplements also contain Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium, Ginger and Copper – a formula that contributes to the maintenance of healthy connective tissues thanks to the addition of Vitamin C.
Add one scoop of collagen powder and to 200ml of water for a diluted beverage, or simply take one of our 50ml cherry collagen shots.