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Avoid a pain in the neck. Document holders a ached to computer monitors and posi oned at eye-level, along with hands-free telephone headsets, can reduce neck strain. Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral posi on. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing. Sit and stand. Neither si ng nor standing on your feet all day is good for you. When possible, alternate between the two to prevent locking yourself in one posi on. If your job primarily involves si ng, take a break and stand up every 30 minutes or so. Handle heavy loads. To make heavy loads easier to handle, use your largest, strongest joints and muscles to take stress off smaller hand joints and to spread the load over large surface areas. When you li or carry items, use the palms of both hands or use your arms instead of your hands. Hold items close to your body, which is less stressful for your joints. For joint safety, slide objects whenever possible rather than li them. Resolve to reduce. Lose weight. You won't just look be er – you'll feel be er, too. Every extra pound you gain puts four mes the stress on your knees. The flip side is that even a small amount of weight loss will give your knees relief. Research has shown that losing as li le as 11 pounds may improve your joint health and cut your risk of osteoarthri s of the knee by 50 percent. Add color to your diet. Choose organic fruits and veggies in a wide range of color to get maximum nutrients, such as fiber, disease- figh ng an oxidants and an abundance of phytochemicals. Hang out at the bar. Ea ng organic veggies typically found in a good salad bar – romaine and Bibb le uces, broccoli, spinach, kale or parsley – can lessen the amount of bone loss that occurs with age, research says, thanks to their high calcium count. But remember to go easy on the dressing. Be supplement savvy. Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and s ffness, par cularly in people with osteoarthri s of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to car lage repair. Throw some fish on the grill. Omega-3 fa y acids, found in a wild caught cold-water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, can Be Good to Your Joints Follow these simple steps to preserve joint health. Abby's Magazine - Volume 5 Issue 3| Page 5

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