We have over 600 muscles in our bodies that help us move, lift things, pump blood, and breathe. Healthy muscles allow us to move freely and keep us strong, where we can play sports, walk, dance, swim, and enjoy life. Strong muscles help to keep our joints in shape. They also ensure we can carry out the mundane but necessary chores in life. Musculoskeletal conditions can affect the bones, muscles, and joints. Therefore, when we suffer from an injury, we suffer a loss of agility and mobility that affects the quality of life and the ability to do things we take for granted. Therefore, we need to ensure we maintain our musculoskeletal health into old age.
A key consideration in musculoskeletal health is a healthy and balanced diet. This should be in tandem with exercise that includes weight exercises and stretching. In addition, maintaining an ideal BMI (weight) will help keep these parts of your body healthy.
Finally, there are also some essential nutrients, including:
- Calcium, which is the main mineral found in your bones. Bone cells are repeatedly broken down and replaced, so it’s important to consume calcium daily.
- Magnesium, a vital mineral used in hundreds of biochemical activities within our bodies. These include keeping our muscles and nerves working efficiently.
- Vitamin D3 aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, both of which help keep bones strong.
- In addition, Zinc, Potassium, and the B vitamins assist in our musculoskeletal health. Always consult with your doctor first if unsure.