Most of us take our knees for granted, until they go bad. People do not realize how important our knees are and what a major factor they play in our overall health and stability. They are a major source of support for your body and can really affect your whole life if they go bad on you.
You should realize that a healthy weight is important for just about everything. Losing just five pounds can make your knees feel better, and hopefully be a start to getting to a healthy weight. One extra pound places five times the pressure on your knees, so dropping five pounds will make your joints feel like they have lost 25 pounds! Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day. Going for a walk, not strenuous exercise, is very good for you knees and legs. It also aids things like circulation and your heart. Pump your arms some and increase your speed multiple times, for short bursts, to increase the calorie burn. Smile and think about the good you are doing for your health! When you get up in the morning think about doing stretches for your body and especially your hips. Hips, another important source of support for your body, are connected to the knees by the femur bone.
Nerve pain in the hips can radiate to your knees and tight hips affect the way you walk, putting pressure on the knees. Do hip stretches in the morning, maybe while you drink your coffee, by sitting in a chair with your back straight, hold the seat of the chair and lift one leg off the ground as if you're about to take a step. Hold five seconds then release. Repeat 12 times on each side. While you're in your chair have a healthy breakfast. Vitamin C is needed to make cartilage. Load up on C rich citrus and have some bell peppers, another good Vitamin C source, in your scrambled eggs. Vitamin D keeps bones healthy which results wear and tear on joints. Ten minutes in the sunshine is a good source.
Keep healthy snacks readily available. Dried fruit, nuts or multi-grain crackers with a little peanut butter are all good choices. Have a healthy dinner, like salmon. The cartilage in your knees can develop tiny tears over time that cause chronic inflammation, stiffness and osteo-arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in abundance in salmon and other fatty fish, counterbalance infection, helping joints stay healthy.