5 top tips to keep your joints healthy
Joint stiffness or pain, especially in the load-bearing joints such as the knees or lower back, could be a warning sign for the start of something more serious and can affect anyone at any age. Young adults that lead active lifestyles are just as at risk of developing joint conditions from repetitive injuries or over usage as an adult that experiences arthritic conditions due to their age.
Adding a supplement to your daily routine, alongside maintaining a well-balanced and varied diet, can offer additional support to maintaining optimal joint health. Early intervention is key, and the double anti-inflammatory effects of GOPO and ginger combined provide targeted relief to maintain healthy joints and an active lifestyle.
Joint pain can be worse in the mornings, and it can be a common symptom of a patient who is starting to develop a chronic joint condition such as Osteoarthritis.
Sammy Margo shares her top tips to maintain optimal joint health and continue leading an active lifestyle.
1. Stretch and strengthen: Regular stretching helps to keep joints and tendons flexible. If muscles are tight, the range of motion can feel restricted which adds extra pressure to the joint tissues. Strong muscles and regular stretching ensure the joints are well supported.
2. Add an anti-inflammatory supplement to your diet: Arthritic conditions benefit from foods which reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. GOPO Joint Health Plus Ginger contains specially cultivated rose-hip and ginger and has been clinically reviewed to provide a safe alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and can relieve stiff or painful joints, particularly in the mornings or the day after exercise.
3. Mix up your movements: Adding variety to your workout routines can relieve pressure and reduce impact on lode-bearing joints. If you’re used to exercising multiple times a week, make sure you mix it up. Why not try cycling or focus on your flexibility with a Pilates session.
4. Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight puts additional stress on joints which can accelerate the risk of OA, especially in the knees. Studies have shown that every pound of weight lost in obese adults will result in a four-fold reduction on the load exerted on the knee[i]. Losing a few pounds can go a long way to improving your overall health and wellbeing.
5. Wear appropriate footwear: If you exercise regularly it’s important to have shoes that offer enough cushioning and support to prevent trauma to the joints and bones. Invest in good quality footwear that fit well and are appropriate for the type of exercise you choose to do.
[i] Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis, Stephen P Messier, David J Gutekunst, Paul DeVita, Cralen Davis