How to Help Aching Joints

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Aching Joints
Aching Joints (Image: Flickr.com)

Aching joints can make you not want to do anything, which is exactly the opposite of what you need to do. One of the primary causes of aches in joints is not enough activity. This is because our society has gotten to the point where we just sit around and do nothing most of the time, so our bodies think it's time to throw in the towel and give up.

The truth of the matter is that aching joints aren't only affecting the elderly. In fact, there are people in their twenties and thirties waking up every day with aches and pains and are clueless as to why it's happening.

If you wake up every day with aching joints, especially if it's not due to old age, then you need to take a good look at what's going on in your life and reevaluate.

Aching daily
Aching daily

The first step is to ease the stiffness, so that you can get moving. You can do this by applying heat, massaging the area and getting active. It doesn't need to be strenuous activity all you need to do at first is range of motion and stretching exercises.

Age doesn't matter everyone can do simple stretching movements. After you get a routine for a week or so then choose an activity that you enjoy and begin doing it. This could be walking, swimming, riding a stationary an outside bike or anything that you enjoy and is considered exercise.

Get moving
Get moving

Another cause of aching joints is simply being too heavy. It is very hard on joints to handle extra weight, especially if it's 20 pounds or more. So, you may need to lose weight to get rid of the aches in your joints. The extra activity most likely won't be enough; therefore, you will need to reduce calories.

Don't worry about losing the weight fast take your time and go for safe weight loss, which is about two pounds a week or less. Start out by eating 200-500 calories less a day until you get to 1500 calories a day. Most anyone can give up 200 calories a day and as long as you don't quit you will lose the weight.

Lose weight
Lose weight

Lastly, some people need more help than others to cure their aching joints if you're getting up in years you may need to do alternative methods. For example, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, reflexology and herbal supplements are all known to be effective.

You may need to take pain relievers for a while until you get your body back in shape. However, it's best get off of them asap, since all of them have side effects.

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Seek help

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