We’ve noticed that many people, both sporty and non-sporty, dismiss the stiffness and pain in their bodies as inevitable old age when they’re not remotely elderly yet. How often do you hear the phrase “Oh I must be getting old!” when something pops or creaks?
Our bodies are in fact incredibly sophisticated machines with an awesome ability to repair, sure, it might take a little longer to recover from injury when you’re 60+ but your cells still replenish in the same way. We think that it is a shame to succumb to ‘old age’ prematurely; there are many things you can do to keep your body efficient and maintain your youthful vigour!
The good news – you can prevent ‘wear and tear’
Contrary to popular belief, your body does not automatically undergo ‘wear and tear’ as you get older, it is not a piece of carpet! Even if you do wear a little, it’s not the end of the world. As mentioned above your cells still have the ability to regenerate and ‘wear’ is not necessarily an indicator or pain and dysfunction.
Your body is a brilliant piece of kit. Muscles don’t just deteriorate over time. If you lead a very sedentary lifestyle with poor nutrition however, they may begin to waste away due to inactivity – if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Strengthening your muscles through exercise positively affects your ligaments and tendons and will improve your body’s scaffolding around your joints, reducing any impact on your cartilage.
In healthy joints, cartilage acts as a protective barrier between bones, providing a smooth surface between the bones that’s much more slippery than ice.
Cartilage can degenerate over time but this is not necessarily related to the amount of impact on the joint. In fact, impact exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on cartilage health. Cartilage degeneration over time is normal and new insight suggests it shouldn’t necessarily be painful. This gives renewed hope to all those written off with Osteoarthritis and explains how, clinically, we can ‘cure’ arthritis.