Outdoor exercise is a great way to keep active whilst making the most of the fresh air, improving your fitness and releasing hormones called ‘endorphins’ that help to relieve stress2, increase self-esteem and boost energy3.
With the early buds of Spring and longer daylight hours around the corner, there is more reason than ever to dust off your trainers and get moving.
However, many of those inspired to take up exercise may be hesitant due to concerns regarding the impact on their joints. Over time, the ‘wear and tear’ of joints can cause inflammation and accelerate the deterioration of cartilage inside the joint. In fact, two thirds of adults over the age of 45 have sought treatment for osteoarthritis, a painful condition caused by the breakdown of protective joint cartilage over time.
Award winning Physiotherapist, Sammy Margo, who has over 30 years’ experience in treating patients with chronic joint conditions, comments:
“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 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.”
However, whilst it is important to protect for your joints at all ages, exercise is in fact a great way to help support your joint health when taking the correct care and precautions. According to Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Rod Hughes;
“Regular exercise is a great way to keep muscles strong and helps to maintain a stable weight. It is important to stretch before you exercise though, particularly if you are unaccustomed to exercise, unfit or overweight. This is because exercise, especially running, can cause a temporary stress to both the joints and soft tissues causing pain in the ligaments of the knees and across the tissues of the hip and pelvis.”
Simple lifestyle changes and the addition of a clinically backed supplement can be all the support your joints need to exercise this summer with confidence. Physiotherapist Sammy Margo adds;
“Early intervention is key, and adding a supplement to your daily routine, alongside maintaining a well-balanced and varied diet, can offer additional support to achieving optimal joint health. The double anti-inflammatory effects of GOPO® and ginger combined provide targeted relief to safeguard your joints and maintain an active lifestyle.”
Are your joints ready? Here are Sammy’s Top Tips to get moving this Spring:
- 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.”
- 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 provides a safe alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) thanks to its double anti-inflammatory effect.”
- 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.”
- 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 knee13. Losing a few pounds can go a long way to improving your overall health and wellbeing.”
- 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.”
GOPO® Joint Health Plus Ginger is specially formulated to aid muscle recovery, reduce morning joint stiffness and safeguard joints to help maintain an active lifestyle. This is due to the scientifically supported properties of both compounds – ginger has been shown to activate anti-inflammatory proteins to reduce morning joint stiffness4-5 and muscle pain by 25%6. In conjunction, GOPO® has been shown to protect and even restore cartilage7. Research into active, healthy adults also found that 12 weeks of GOPO® supplementation led to reductions in joint pain and improved mobility12.