Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Not just a child’s playtime song, but what all older people complain about in their golden years. A lifetime of movement catches up to the ol’ joints, especially if you don’t take care of them. Aside from the normally prescribed “healthy diet and exercise,” here are some pro tips for making sure you stay mobile on the grind and over time:
- Regular Stretching: This is so underutilized we can’t believe how many people don’t take advantage of it. Take 2 or 3 minutes out of your day to stretch out a bit. Move in ways you wouldn’t usually (don’t hurt yourself, we mean valid stretches) that give your joints some extra spring. Set a daily reminder to get started.
- Omega-3: Omega-3 Fatty Acid is toted all over the place now, you won’t have trouble finding it on Amazon or in any health food store. Fish oil or krill oil supplies this and can have added Vitamin D for helping your body absorb calcium and other benefits.
- Good Posture: Remember your mom telling you to sit up straight? Well, she had it right. Proper posture, sitting up straight in a chair, lifting with your legs, not your back, and walking with your shoulders back and neck up helps your skeleton do its job the right way. Here’s a little ASMR treat about posture too.
Be sure to thank yourself in 50 years when you’re the fastest geezer on the pickleball court.