Chronic joint pain can make even simple tasks feel incredibly difficult. Many of us don’t even realize how much pressure we put on our joints every day, between walking on hard city sidewalks, climbing up and down stairs of multi-story homes, and simply picking up items that don’t seem that heavy. They get the brunt of most of our activities. And yet, we so rarely talk about boosting and maintaining joint health. We talk about building stronger muscles and bone density, but what about the things that literally hold all that together, and make it all work? If you’re young, you may think that you have time to think about this but it’s the choices you make today that can either make old age much more pleasant than you expected, or much harder. Don’t you want to be able to do the things you love for years to come? Here are habits that are bad for your joints.
Cracking your knuckles or other joints may feel good in the moment, but it will do harm in the long run. When you crack joints, you put an immense amount of pressure on them, and can weaken them.