Joints are complex skeletal structures that keep you moving from the first time you crawl to tonight’s jog, and every activity in between. Here are some hints to help keep your joints functioning smoothly.
Work It Out
Your body has fundamental core, spine and joint stability muscles that are instrumental to skeletal health. Localized weakness and muscular imbalance cause joint instability, which can lead to soft tissue injury. A personal trainer can identify and target these imbalances and outline an aerobic cross-training workout that will build muscle, strengthen your core and optimize joint health.
We spend too much time sitting. Tight muscles are more susceptible to injury and they place stress on your joints. Lost tissue elasticity can take its toll on your range of motion and ability to move pain-free. Stretching exercises that reduce stiffness will improve your overall joint mechanics and help you feel stronger.
What you can’t see in the mirror can have a negative impact on your posture and joint health. Do hip-flexor stretches that will help offset the effects of your sedentary work life. Exercises that strengthen your chest and shoulder muscles, back, glutes and hamstrings will improve your posture.
Prevention is the key to ageless activity. Follow a supplement regime that includes nutrients such as natural eggshell membrane, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and UC-II®. These ingredients work synergistically to slow cartilage deterioration and promote cartilage repair. Be sure to include Vitamin D3 and essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, to strengthen your bones. If you want to enjoy an energetic and healthy lifestyle, I encourage everyone to take an active role in preventing injury.
Brent Bishop, B. Sc. (Kinesiology) Fitness expert Brent Bishop is the owner of Think Fitness Studios, a performance-inspired conditioning centre in Toronto. Recently, he has extended his training influence through the virtual fitness platform evolvefunctionalfitness.com. A recognized lifestyle host and celebrity trainer, Brent has appeared on numerous networks across North America, including GlobalTV, CTV, and City in Canada, plus KTLA in Los Angeles and WFLA in Tampa Bay. He is also a regular contributor to Best Health Magazine, Canadian Health & Lifestyle, Fitness Business Canada, Canadian Living and Sweat Equity. A brand ambassador for New Balance Canada, Brent uses fitness and adventure to inspire an active lifestyle.