The body is a vehicle, able to be customized to reach an optimal, healthy life. Unfortunately, when it is broken down for an extended period of time, you can miss out on a lot of life experiences while your health deteriorates. It’s important to note then, because your time is precious, the correlation between muscle/joint health with your overall well-being. It’s the muscles and joints that owe a large portion of their good health to mobility, which basically means a body in motion is likely to improve your life trajectory.
Maintaining exemplary muscle/joint health and mobility has many benefits. For instance, people who experience pain due to musculoskeletal dysfunction and muscle imbalances tend to avoid movement. This leads to a more sedentary lifestyle, which is associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Consistently making an effort to maintain muscle/joint health and mobility will also lead to less risk of injury. Suffering a major injury, especially later in life, can be devastating to one’s overall health. Look at hip fractures, for example. Individuals who have fractured a hip are three times more likely to die within a year of the injury, and this rate goes up as time goes on. This has been attributed to the sharp decline in ability to function, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle, thus magnifying the decline of one’s overall physical health. However, 95 percent of hip fractures in the elderly population are a result of falls. Healthy muscle and joint mobility will decrease one’s risk of falling, as it will lead to improved strength, stability, balance, and ability to react in those types of situations.
Everyone deserves a lifetime of good health, and it is your responsibility to do regular maintenance on your body. Maintaining muscle/joint health will have profound impacts on your health at any stage in life. The human body is meant to move, so keep it moving. Do it for yourself. Do it for your health.