Joint pain is something that’s quite common for people of all ages during winter. Perhaps you’re a runner with knees that are suddenly sore, or maybe you feel like old age is finally catching up with you. Whatever the source, joint pain can be avoided and alleviated.
According to research, the cause of joint pain is actually the change in air pressure during the cooler months, and inactivity (such as skipping the gym to stay in bed longer!) can actually exacerbate joint pain, leaving you feeling unmotivated and lethargic.
Ethical Nutrients brand ambassador Justine Switalla is a health and fitness expert who has also suffered from joint pain. Justine shares her simple steps to limit and alleviate joint aches and pains.
“Pilates or yoga can help you unwind and feel more energised, but can also alleviate joint pain. By focusing on joint mobility and stability, Yogalates can improve balance and alignment, strengthening both the muscles and joints. So, you can consider these low-impact modalities as your joints' new best friend.”
“One of the best ways to exercise if you do have joint pain is in the pool, as the buoyancy of the water allows you to move freely without the weight bearing down on your joints. Swimming will still give you that killer workout you’re after - with all the benefits of cardio – while still being gentle on your joints.”
Take time to stretch
“Stretching is very important for your flexibility and mobility. The two best times to stretch are first thing in the morning (to wake your body up) and following a session at the gym - to gently stretch out the joints and reduce the risk of pain.”
Diet and nutrition
“Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important to ensure you’re obtaining all of the essential nutrients to support your joints. Protein is an important building block for healthy bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, and can be found in seasonal produce. During winter, I try to load up my plate with protein-rich foods such as red meat and leafy greens.”
“I have had some really painful days along my journey to recovery following my foot injury, and found supplements - along with a balanced diet – are one of the best ways to maintain healthy joints. Supplements that can boost your joint health include Ethical Nutrients FLEXIZORB Active Joint Support.”
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