Can exercise help with muscle and joint aches?

The good news is that everybody who turns a certain age (usually around 40) feels the same. The difference is that people deal with this issue differently. The most important thing is to stay physically active, do the right type of exercise and maintain an appropriate intensity for your fitness level and body’s ability as you can very easily injure yourself without even realising that you've done some damage..  

Your key objective should be to feel good, prevent injuries and unwanted diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease. In Australia, osteoporosis affects all women and one third of men over 60 years of age. It’s very important to have a diet rich in calcium and do regular exercise. Turning 40 doesn't mean that you can't do some of your favourite sports due to fear of possible movement limitations or lack of strength.

On the other hand, it's important to build your muscles (deep and surface muscles) and strength to improve your coordination and balance -- both required when you're progressing into the next stage of life.  

If you already have osteoporosis, you can certainly benefit from regular exercise. However, it's important to take on an appropriate workload based on which part of your body is affected. 

Some other benefits of regular exercise include the following:

•    Conservation of remaining bone tissue

•    Improved physical fitness and mobility

•    Improved reaction time

•    Reduced pain

•    Better mood and vitality. 

So, what do you think? Do you have any other tips on how we could take care of our body when our muscle and joints starts to ache?