The Arthritis Foundation lists dozens of ways to focus on maintaining healthy joints

As the body ages, joints stiffen; there is less flexibility because lubricating fluid inside joints decreases and cartilage thins.

The Arthritis Foundation lists dozens of ways at to focus on maintaining healthy joints, including these 10:
1. Alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes or so.
2. Choose function over fashion when it comes to shoes, especially if standing or walking often.
3. Monitor high-impact activities such as running, kickboxing and step aerobics; pay attention to how joints feel after intense activities and consider lightening routines or switching to low-impact activities.
4. Invest in a document holder for your desk so that documents are at eye level; looking down puts strain on the neck joints.
5. Use a hands-free headset or the speaker feature when speaking on the phone instead of holding it with neck and shoulder.
6. Soak in a hot bath or hot tub for joint pain relief.
7. Get regular deep tissue massages.
8. Use hot compresses to relieve stiffness and cold packs for swelling and pain.
9. Consider supplements. “Strong bodies (and overall joint health) will benefit from bone-building calcium and vitamin K, tissue-repairing vitamin C, pain-relieving vitamin E, folic acid and more,” says
10. Eat healthy. Add to diet foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold-water fish salmon and mackerel, which can reduce the pain and inflammation of stiff joints.

Also, a variety of fruits and vegetables of varying colors can add much needed antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients that can aid in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis.

Regular activities such as swimming, walking, yoga, tai chi, Pilates and general stretching all aid in keeping joints strong and supple.

Tell a doctor about joint pain, and schedule a complete checkup annually to pinpoint any problem areas. Some websites offer a free joint health quiz to determine whether there is a risk of conditions such as arthritis.

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