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Help Prevent Joint Problems & The Benefits of Stretching

This week’s tip is all about how you can prevent future joint problems and help reduce current ones. Firstly, the supplement Glucosamine can help with arthritis and stiffness of our joints by nourishing our cartilage, and it is advisable to try it out for 3 months.
Antioxidants, such as Selenium can also help limit arthritic damage, with Brazil nuts being a rich dietary source.
A supplement containing selenium and other antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E is also good for all-round health as well as arthritis.
Including fish oils in our diets is beneficial as fish contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
It is recommended that you should eat oily fish twice a week, or take it as a supplement. Vitamin D is also recommended to add to our diets, as it strengthens bone and reduces the progression of osteoarthritis.

Emma Driskel-Fitness Professional@Bexley

The Benefits of Stretching

One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion helping your limbs and joints to move further before an injury occurs. Cool down stretches can aid workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they’ll become injured. By incorporating stretches into your workout, you will:

Reduced muscle tension
Increase your range of movement in the joints
Enhance muscular coordination
Increase circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
Increase energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

Amy Casey-Lead Coach @ Bexley

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16/12/2010