When embarking on a rigorous, daily workout routine, it is especially important that you protect your joints. Joints are considered any place in the body where two or more bones connect, such as the knees and the wrist. Joints allow you to move, bend, and be flexible. If they are injured or not able to work properly, you’re going to have a very difficult time keeping up with that workout routine, especially if it includes weight lifting or other strenuous exercises. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways in which you can protect your joints and keep your body performing at tip-top shape.
First and foremost, always make sure you warm up before each and every workout. When you warm up, you prepare your muscles and joints for all the work they are about to do. Just jumping right into your workout is an easy way to damage your poor, unprepared joints and wind up hurt. Make sure as you warm up that you stretch all of your joints out carefully, until they feel loose and ready to go.
Protect your joints while you work out as well. If you’ve injured a particular joint in the past, protect it with special bandages or wraps or take a protective or joint strengthening supplement. Also avoid putting excess pressure on any one joint for a prolonged period of time. Make sure your workout has been approved by a personal trainer or some other fitness expert and that you stop if you feel pain in any of your joints. Finally, always complete your workout with a careful cool down in which you again stretch out those hardworking joints.