Treat your joint health like you treat your teeth!
Many of us do not think twice about brushing and flossing our teeth on a daily basis. This is because we know that if we neglect it, our dental health will decline and it will likely lead to things like cavities, gum disease etc. Neglect it for long enough and we may end up losing teeth or needing teeth replacements.
We’ve developed a habit of brushing and prioritise time each day for dental health. It seems normal since it is so ingrained in us.
The same should be considered when it comes to joint health. Many of us do not even think about maintaining joint health until we develop pain, osteoarthritic changes, the need for joint replacements etc. But this is often the end stage consequence of many years of neglecting joint health.
In modern society, we must prioritise joint health to combat the lifestyles we live (sitting, computer bound, sedentary lives in many cases). This means maintaining adequate joint mobility so our joints can articulate like they are supposed to. And adequate control over our joints while we move, even at a baseline level.
This does require habits and lifestyle changes. But the byproduct is healthier joints, healthier bodies, physical freedom, and less downstream consequences (immobility, pain, osteoarthritic changes, joint replacements etc.).
If you can do it with your teeth, you can do it with your body/joints. 5-10 minutes a day is a good start, even while you watch TV (on the floor of course). Healthy and mobile joints support healthy movement and allow you to remain active. It all adds up!