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Surprisingly Easy Ways to Preserve Joint Health

It may seem like the idea of learning how to protect and preserve the health of your joints can be a real pain in the neck, but the truth is that there are many very simple things you can do in order to achieve this health goal.

In order to preserve joint health, you really just need to make some small, yet important lifestyle changes by eliminating certain bad habits in favor of introducing new good habits to your everyday routine. In time, all of these little efforts will really add up to help improve your joint health. I learned about quite a few simple and easy tips to keep your joints in good working order from an article I read by the Arthritis Foundation, and I'm happy to share some of what I learned with you.

Read on to learn more about some of the most effective lifestyle changes and habits you can start picking up now, in order to prevent joint pain and other more serious health issues later on in life. 

If you're like practically anyone else you know, you are spending the majority of your time working, at least during the weekdays. Given all the time that you spend either sitting at a cubicle for hours on end, or lifting and packaging products for hours on end, it makes sense that healthcare experts recommend that their patients invest in an ergonomic work station in order to keep their joints mobile and healthy, and to prevent any injuries from occurring.

If you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, be sure that your monitor, your keyboard, and your desk chair are all designed to support your joint health to the best of their ability. You should be able to comfortably rest the bottoms of your feet on the floor while sitting, and your eyes should be level with the top of your computer screen. Also make sure that you use a mouse instead of a keyboard for the sake of protecting your wrists and hands. 

Regardless of whether you are working or not, it is never a good idea to spend too much time sitting or standing in one position for long stretches of time. Set an alarm if you need to remind yourself to change positions and stretch every thirty minutes or so. You can always ask your chiropractor for additional tips on how to preserve the health of your joints in between sessions. 

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