Step 1 was to drink enough water to keep your cells hydrated. Step 2 was to get adjusted weekly to keep your joints healthy and your nerve system interference free. Step 3 was the “E” word, exercise. Step 4 was supplementation. I essentially ignored healthy eating as this is a given and beyond the scope of a one page article. That leads us to step 5, motion.
We already had an article in this series on exercise, so although motion is related it is not the same thing. When I say motion I mean extreme end ranges of motion, or flexibility, or stretching. Look at the elderly people you know. Universally you will observe that they are not as flexible as they used to be. While you cannot prevent this you can slow it down and it is never too early to start. You do this for more reasons that to just not look so old when you get old. You do this to slow or prevent joint degeneration.
Our joints are lined with cartilage and adults do not make cartilage so we need to hold onto what we have. When joints do not move the cartilage wears out faster and when they do move the cartilage wears out more slowly. So we need to move each of our joints through their FULL range of motion on a regular basis. You can do this through an organized stretching program or through yoga, or both. The more you move now the more you will be able to move in the future. And a mobile body is a more healthy body. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between mobility and health, or the lack of mobility and disease.
So step 5 is to begin a routine stretching program, available on the information display near the check-out desk.