Are you waking up tired, stiff, and sore? Learn the importance of prioritizing your health. And how, by making conscious choices to the foundations of your health and integrate these healthy habits into your daily routine. You can achieve a joyful, purposeful life. Improving your health and your joy as well as creating a life with pain-free joints.

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Prioritizing Health:

Simple Steps Towards Pain Free Joints

 

Do you struggle to take steps with ease? Do you find yourself preoccupied trying to determine actually what you can manage this day? Joint health is essential for enjoying an active and pain free life. Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath, co founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge. In this video, I’ll share practical steps that you can use to help to prioritize your health so that you can enjoy every moment.

Why Prioritize Your Joint Health?

Making health a priority gives you the best chance to prevent future problems, enhance your overall well being. By focusing on joint health, you can optimise your mobility, your function and your pain levels, so that you can stay fit, healthy and active, and enjoy and engage in your life, your way. Many of us know that the way to look and feel our best and stay healthy as long as possible is through regular exercise, balanced nutrition, hydration, proper rest, a positive, grateful attitude.

What Do You Mean My “Prioritizing Health”?

Prioritizing your health involves making conscious choices that benefit your health and in particular your joints. They can reduce your risk of long term issues and improve your overall physical condition, allowing you to live your life more comfortably and actively.

The Joy of Pain Free Movement

Living without pain improves your quality of life, allowing you to engage in the activities that you love without limitations. A pain free life enables you to participate fully in activities that you enjoy, from spending time with loved ones to pursuing hobbies and your interests. Improved mobility and reduced pain can also lead to better mental health, as physical discomfort is often linked to stress and anxiety.

Prioritizing your health, especially that of your joints, contributes to your overall well being and your general happiness. When you live without pain, every aspect of your life will improve. You can enjoy your favorite activities without discomfort, which boosts your mood, your overall mental health, and your happiness, mobility and ability to perform activities and function are reliant on good joint health. Making your joints an essential part of health so that you can have a healthy, joyful, purpose filled life.

Simple steps in a wide variety of areas promotes your health in a more comprehensive way.

Things like maintaining good posture, regular exercise, a balanced diet, hydration, rest, reducing your stress levels, and mindset all contribute to our joint health. So let’s dive a little deeper into each of these.

Maintaining proper posture.

Ensuring your posture is correct reduces your body’s stress on your joints. Good posture means aligning your ears, your shoulders, your hips in a good line. When you stand or sit, keeping your back straight, your shoulders relaxed and avoiding slouching.

Regularly checking and correcting your posture can prevent chronic joint pain.

Regular exercise.

Activities that strengthen your muscles and provide flexibility and support, they support your joints. Yoga and Pilates improve flexibility and balance, while weight training will strengthen muscles that support joints.

We want to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

Balanced diet.

Eating a diet rich in nutrients helps to reduce our inflammation and support our overall health.

  • Focus on consuming a great variety of fruits and vegetables, quality proteins, wild, free range or organic where possible, and healthy fats.
  • Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon and even flaxseed can help to reduce our joint inflammation.
  • It is important while discussing diet to note that avoiding foods that are inflammatory for you may assist your joint pain reduction.
  • Good digestive function is important to allow nutrient availability for our health and our healing and to reduce inflammation.
  • Ensuring that our microbes are balanced and functioning is also important for many things, including reducing our inflammation.
    • And did you know that bad bacteria have been found in the gut and the joint of people with arthritis? So it’s actually in their synovial joint fluids.
  • Adding anti inflammatory herbs and supplements may also assist your healing and pain levels.

Hydration

Proper hydration is essential for maintaining our joint health. Water helps to keep the cartilage in our joints hydrated and soft, and it also flushes out toxins that contribute to inflammation and joint pain.

Enough Rest/Sleep

Sleep is vital for overall health, including joint health. During regenerates tissue. And that includes those of our joints.

So we want to aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night to support those natural healing processes.

Managing stress

Chronic stress can lead to inflammation and muscle tension, both exacerbating our pain levels. Higher stress levels also reduces our ability to cope with things, so our pain will feel more scary and everything becomes more aggravated and painful.

Incorporating stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises or spending time in nature also are great ways to help reduce our stress levels. Positive belief and mindset. Maintaining a positive mindset and believing that our body is actually able to heal and that your specific situation has the potential to improve can make a significant difference.

Visualizing a pain free, active lifestyle and setting achievable goals is useful to help you get better. And as often as possible, becoming aware of the things that do work well for you, activities that you can perform. This mindset can motivate you to stay consistent with your health routines and help you to see those small improvements.

Seeking a mentor and guidance

Having a mentor or health professional to help guide you through your journey. Provide support and accountability as well as to helping you to stay focused and positive. They can offer personalized advice, monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments with you for your plan.

This guidance can help you to feel confident, stay motivated and keep on track with your health journey. And it helps you to know that you aren’t alone in this.

Integrating these Healthful Actions

But even when you know what to do, it can be difficult to integrate these steps, as simple as they may be, into your life. Incorporating these healthy habits into your daily routine ensures long term benefits and sustained health and joint health.

So, here are a few practical tips.

Always start slow

Begin with small, manageable changes. Start with just one change, for example. Maybe taking a 10 minute walk daily. Maybe having an extra glass of water. And then, in a week or two, just add one more change

Create sustainable habits

So, focusing on making changes that you can maintain for the long term.

Instead of overhauling your entire diet, start by adding just some more vegetables with each meal. Gradually incorporate more healthy foods and reduce processed items.

Set realistic goals

Setting achievable goals to keep yourself motivated, track your progress and celebrate small wins. This could be as simple as improving your posture or completing your weekly exercise goal.

Use reminders

In your phone to help you to remember when to stretch or take breaks and to move around during the day.

Using health apps and health trackers can help you to maintain, stay on track and monitor your progress.

Incorporate healthy snacks

Keep healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, yoghurt handy to keep your blood sugar levels stable, reduce cravings and avoid unhealthy eating.

And this also helps to maintain a balanced diet without feeling deprived.

Consistency is key

Habits form faster when we practice them often. Once they become a habit, they’re easier to continue for long term, which assists your ability to create positive health changes. to create the desire that you’re after.

Improving your habits by say 1 percent each week or fortnight or even month will slowly create a massive change. Whereas creating one big change, but not being able to keep up with it will give you a rollercoaster effect and won’t get you as far in the longterm. Provide frustration and not create the positive change you’re after.

By making small, consistent changes to your daily routine, you can create lasting habits that will then support your joint health and health in general. These habits then become a part of your lifestyle, leading to significant improvements in your overall health and joint function.

And then there’s resources and support.

Access to resources and support from health professionals can help to maintain your progress and address any issues that might arise along the way. Continuous support from these health professionals is vital in maintaining your progress and addressing any issues. This support can include regular check ins, access to educational material, personalised advice.

Resources such as online communities, support groups and even health apps can help to keep you encouraged and motivated. They can give you support and help you to start to prioritise your health. Staying connected with any of your support networks ensures that you receive the guidance, encouragement and sense of community that you need.

Conclusion

Prioritizing your health is a journey and it’s worth taking. These steps can help you to achieve a pain free life and enjoy every moment. Listen, I hope you found this information useful and informative. Was there something that set off a light bulb moment for you? If so, I’d really love to hear it, so please share that in the comments.

Please remember to subscribe, to like and to comment, and please share if it’s useful for someone else as well. And if you’d like personalised support, to head yourself in the right direction for your health goals and any specific joint issues that you might be suffering, book online for an appointment.

We even have a free 15 minute strategy session to discuss what might work for you. So that’s all for now, and as always in health, bye for now.

So Now What?

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.