It is never too late to make changes to your lifestyle that can have a huge impact on your current health and the kind of health you want to enjoy in later years. Especially those approaching middle-age, any new year resolutions for orthopedic health can mean the difference between being an active individual for years to come or an individual who experiences a gradual decline in strength and ability.

Why Make a “Dieting” Resolution?

Although many individuals prefer to sidestep the issue of excessive weight, as people age it becomes more important to shed excess pounds or keep as many at bay as possible. Excessive weight puts undue stress on every joint in the body.  Most people begin to notice a decline in their ability to metabolize the same amount of food they used to eat in their 20s and 30s. Starting around age 40, muscle mass begins to gradually decline as well. This creates a perfect storm, where muscles become weaker and are less able to support skeletal structures and additional weight.  The “middle-aged spread” is a combination of weaker muscles in the abdominal and back areas, coupled with extra weight that slowly piles on from a slower metabolism.

If all this sounds discouraging, it doesn’t have to be. Although the battle might be tougher as one ages, many people acquire more self-discipline as they grow older. The desire to avoid debilitating and serious health issues also become an incentive.  Losing weight or simply not gaining any more can be accomplished. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic, life-absorbing change. Try cutting out 100 calories a day from your diet and see if you notice a weight change after a week or two. If your weight remains the same, cut out another 100 calories a day and see if that tips the scale toward weight loss or maintenance. Even small changes like skipping out on soda may initiate weight loss.  Remember, this is a lifestyle change, not a diet that you go on and off.

Why do I Need to Make an Exercise Resolution?  

There are many benefits to regular exercise, only one of which is regular exercise that can help individuals avoid common orthopedic problems with the hips and knees. knee and hip issues. Regular exercise,can help stave off natural muscle decline. Muscles play a primary role in supporting our skeletal structure and strong muscles can help minimize, delay or even eliminate orthopedic issues.  Additionally, regular exercise helps individuals maintain or even lose weight. There are benefits such as lowering blood pressure, keeping arteries clear of cholesterol, faster elimination of toxins by reducing constipation and increasing blood flow throughout out the body, which provides faster nourishment to tissues and faster elimination of toxins. Regular exercise also reduces stress, helps people sleep better and gives individuals an overall sense of well-being.

Why Should I Make a Resolution About Drinking More Water?

As important as proper nutrition and exercise is, drinking water is just as important. It is well-known, of course, that Humans cannot survive long without water, So staying well-hydrated allows every function of the body to more easily perform tasks. Components of your spinal column and other joints in your body need sufficient water to help perform lubrication tasks. Because  the heart and circulatory system work better when well-hydrated, water helps to reduce hunger and increase life satisfaction.
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